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Course summary

Delve into marine ecosystems and ocean processes whilst exploring some of the most remote places on earth. On your three-year Oceanography degree you will lear to use the latest technologies in molecular biology, high performance computing, and robotic sampling to address the key challenges facing the marine environment. 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, where you will make use of the excellent teaching and cutting-edge research labs as well as our fleet of research vessels. You will be taught by expert staff, many of whom are leaders in their research fields and are working on international projects covering a variety of different challenges from climate change to the exploitation of our oceans. Fieldwork, practical skills and independent research are core parts of this programme. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • work in the field aboard the research vessel the RV Callista
  • use laboratory analysis to examine our diverse marine environment
  • develop computing and data analysis skills essential for research
  • obtain qualifications in first aid and sea survival.
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. This course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology.


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 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:

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: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English, Science and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). 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