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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    29-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Study our Oceanography MSc at the University's School of Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). NOCS is home to the largest single group of marine and earth scientists in the world.

This course is subject to revalidation for 2022 entry.

On this master's you'll work alongside experts in their field as you learn how to become an oceanographer. You'll learn how they develop their understanding of marine systems, from coasts to the vast unexplored deep ocean.

You’ll be taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, contributing to some of today’s biggest challenges, such as:

  • sea-level rise
  • ocean pollution
  • sustainable fisheries
  • climate change
  • deep-sea mining
  • marine biodiversity

This course is open to UK and international students who are passionate about working in marine science but may not have previous experience. This course welcomes students from all scientific backgrounds.

You’ll benefit from the centre’s modern equipment, laboratory facilities and dedicated teaching vessel, Callista. Our flexible course structure means you can mix and match your module choices to adapt your studies around career goals

This course also allows you to specialise your studies in a specific area.

Study theme options include:

  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics
  • Marine Biogeochemistry
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics

Careers

There are a variety of oceanography careers. With this master's, you can work in a wide range of organisations - from global corporations and consultancies to government agencies, museums and universities. Transferable skills in analysis, research, problem-solving and teamwork mean you'll be ideally suited for a variety of different roles. Past students have gone on to the following jobs:

  • marine scientist
  • oceanographer
  • geologist
  • fisheries officer
  • oil spill consultant
  • marine science officer

Around one-third of our students have gone on to complete PhD research. Past students have gone to work at the following organisations:

  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Environment Agency
  • BP
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
  • Natural England

Our careers and employability service will help you to find work placements and graduate jobs, as well as offering specialist careers advice. You’ll also be supported by your personal academic tutor and an employability coordinator, who can advise you on your career path throughout your course.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 25,400per 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

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

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

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 30 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    153 69%

    13th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%

    27th

    15
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    18th

    2

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