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Course summary

You will be based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the world's largest research and training centres the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) devoted to research, teaching, and technology in Earth and marine science. On this four-year MSci Geology course you will explore all aspects of the Earth sciences integrating rocks, fossils and volcanoes through to the ocean and atmosphere. You will have take part in comprehensive field-based training with fieldwork opportunities across the UK and Europe, which may include a week-long residential course in Tenerife studying volcanic processes, and a 5-week Independent Mapping Project. Many students from this course go on to very successful research careers (often PhD level and beyond), and higher-level employment in multinationals such as Shell, BP, Anglo American and Barrick Gold. Accredited by the Geological Society of London, this means that our teaching is of the highest quality and approved by an independent body of academics and experts. Earth Science at Southampton is ranked 7th in the UK for academic rankings of world universities in the Shanghai Ranking - Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021. Subject to revalidation.


We have a varied range of modules for all years. Examples of core modules for year one will include: Data Literacy and Analysis Dynamic Earth Dynamic Landscapes Earth Materials Earth and Ocean System Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry Key Skills for Geoscientists The Living Earth Mathematical Methods for Scientists 1a Quantitative Earth and Ocean Sciences For full list of all modules available, please visit the course page:

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures classes and tutorials coursework individual and group projects independent learning (studying on your own) We’ll assess you using: coursework, laboratory reports and essays individual and group projects written and practical exams oral presentations .

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Geological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4). We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5Band C: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £25000 Year 1
EU £25000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Geology at University of Southampton - UCAS