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  • Qualification

    Master of Science - MSci

  • Location

    Main Site - Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

About this course

Explore the evolving Earth system through the lens of sustainable environmental management. This integrated Masters course combines geology, geography, oceanography and environmental science, giving you the freedom to specialise in subjects ranging from environmental law to marine pollution.

As an environmental geoscientist, you'll be able to assess the impact of human activity on the planet and society whilst working to mitigate this impact and find solutions for our future. You'll graduate with practical and transferable skills that are sought after across environmental science industries and other sectors.

This 4-year programme will develop and enhance your knowledge beyond the BSc, and provide a greater emphasis on individual research skills and project work.

You'll study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the world's largest centres for research and technology development in ocean and Earth science. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on research projects with NOCS scientists, whilst also having access to specialist facilities.

You'll develop your practical and professional skills by:

  • participating in marine and terrestrial field trips and residential field courses

  • boosting your career prospects with our industry links in geological and marine companies

  • building your data collection, interpretation and digital skill set, including through the use of geographic information systems (GIS)

  • accessing our range of facilities, including over 150 laboratories and the National Oceanographic Library

On this course, you’ll study topics like:

  • terrestrial and marine pollution and environmental impact

  • environmental law and science policy

  • Earth resource management

  • natural hazards

This course will also allow you to specialise in terrestrial, or marine sciences, giving you the freedom to explore the elements of the programme that interest you most.


As an Environmental Geoscience graduate you'll have the opportunity to work across a number of industries; whether you're locating and managing natural resources, developing new technologies, or working to protect the planet's natural systems from disaster.

The skills you'll gain on this programme will prepare you for employment in areas like:

  • environmental surveying, research and consultancy

  • petroleum and mineral resource industries

  • renewable energy

  • environmental planning

  • education

  • engineering.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 21,580per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 57 1

    10th out of 29 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    173 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94 94%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    149 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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