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PhD students are the lifeblood of any high-calibre research organisation.

The Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton is a centre of excellence. We are large, international, scientifically diverse and genuinely multidisciplinary with over 120 registered PhD supervisors and more than 200 PhD students with backgrounds in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Meteorology, Natural Sciences, Oceanography and Physics.

Projects for October 2017 will be available from 5th of October

To search the list of over 100 PhD projects currently available in all areas of Ocean and Earth Science click here.

Our existing PhD students work on cutting edge research problems spanning all aspects of the natural sciences, for example, from Algal Bio-fuels through Life in Lake Ellsworth (Antarctica) to the Sumatran tsunami earthquake of 2004.

We recruit over 60 new PhD students every year to add to our critical mass, drive forward our research agenda and train the next generation of principal investigators, policy advisors and captains of industry.


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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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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.



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