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Ocean and Earth science

Two students use a small handheld net to collect samples from a large aquarium tank full of sea life.
Explore the physics and biology of the oceans and discover the evolutionary process of the Earth. You’ll learn specialist skills to move into fields like geological surveying, marine science and conservation.

Study at our unique Waterfront Campus, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) - one of the world's largest research and training centres. Work alongside researchers and academics who are exploring today’s toughest challenges in fields like marine biochemistry, physical oceanography and ecology. You'll work in research vessels and take scientific cruises to give you vital practical experience. Our supervisors will mentor you throughout your studies as you gain the expertise needed to take the next steps in your career.

Top 100 in the world for earth and marine sciences
Top 50 in the world for geology
93%
of students employed or in further study six months after graduation

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Ocean and Earth science courses

Choose from a wide range of degrees in ocean and Earth science.

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Coral reefs are one of my big interests. I'm passionate about studying how extreme environments and climate change impact our reefs so that we can better preserve them for future generations.
Professor of Biological Oceanography
My work in palaeoceanography and palaeoclimate examines the ways that the Earth's orbit and climate may have contributed to mass extinction events in the past.
Associate Professor

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