Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS)

GSNOCS offers postgraduate training at PhD level in a world leading, dynamic research environment. This page provides information on being a PhD student at GSNOCS, including currently available PhD projects. Funding for PhD students is available from a number of sources including SPITFIRE, a NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership. If you are interested in studying for a masters degree please visit the Ocean and Earth Science page.

Find a PhD project

Browse all PhD projects currently available at NOCS.

Research groups and facilities

External collaborators. Lab facilities. Ship access.

How to apply

Online application link, Guidance and timeline for applications, Entry requirements.

Life on the south coast

Hampshire, city of Southampton, Southampton Uni inc facilities (library, leisure etc). Fees and funding


Large graduate school, links to NOCS and others, research exchange opportunities.

Student profiles

Profiles of GSNOCS students, and what they say about NOCS/Southampton.

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

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