Oceanography at University of Southampton - UCAS

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Course summary

Uncover the secrets of our oceans. On your four-year integrated masters you will join one of the largest marine science communities in Europe, learning more about the breadth of oceanography and the oceans whilst building your practical knowledge and skills. You will study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the world’s largest centres devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science. While at Southampton, you will study:

  • coastal change, from beach dynamics to sea level rise
ocean currents
  • globally connecting tropics to poles
  • the physical and chemical controls on life in the oceans
You will develop your practical skills in the laboratory and on board our research vessels, which are moored minutes away from the lecture theatres at our waterfront campus. You will also take part in a dedicated oceanography field course and research-orientated independent projects. The course is taught by academics who have influenced policy and decision-making at government at national and European level. Our students benefit from their links with industry, government and other major oceanography and marine biology centres around the world. This course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST). Join an Ocean Science community ranked 1st in the UK and 4th globally in the academic rankings among world universities, Shanghai Ranking, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (Oceanography), 2022.


We have a varied range of modules for all years. Examples of core modules for year one will include: Earth and Ocean System Introduction to Marine Ecology and Evolution Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry Key Skills for Marine Scientists Physics of the Ocean For full list of all modules available, please visit the course page: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/oceanography-degree-msci#modules

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures classes and tutorials We’ll assess you using: coursework, laboratory reports and essays essays oral presentations written exams

Professional bodies

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

  • Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Institute of

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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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 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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Oceanography at University of Southampton - UCAS