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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Who we are

The University of Southampton has a well established reputation for its outstanding research and degree courses in ocean and Earth science. We are also known for our relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere, which affords students a stimulating environment in which to learn and acquire essential scientific and key work skills.

Ocean and Earth Science students are based at the prestigious National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

NOCS is the integrated collaboration between the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s National Oceanography Centre, and the University of Southampton’s Ocean and Earth Science. The Centre hosts one of the world’s largest groups of scientists and engineers devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science.

National Oceanography Centre Southampton
National Oceanography Centre Southampton

The Centre is comprehensively equipped with modern instrumentation and laboratory facilities and is also the operational base for the UK’s fleet of deep sea research vessels and associated equipment such as Autosub, an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of diving to depths of 6 kilometres. NOCS also houses the UK’s collection of ocean sediment cores, as well as the National Oceanographic Library.

We offer innovative undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, delivered in a research-led environment by leading experts in the field.

Meet our academic team

Our strengths

We offer an excellent range of degree programmes and research in a supportive and dynamic environment. We have all the advantages that go with a premier league university, with the unique advantage of our location within a major international research centre, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS).

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