University of Southampton - Ocean and Earth Science

The National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton enjoy a collaborative and multidisciplinary relationship based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton at the Waterfront Campus.

The University offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in oceanography, marine biology, geology, geophysics and ocean, Earth and climate science.

The students benefit from the unique opportunity of completing their degree at a world-class research facility, with direct access to research vessels and equipment that is often not found in traditional university environments

This means that our students have access to unparalleled resources and opportunities for field and ocean going work, often not found in other university environments.


We offer a unique location in which to study for your first degree in one of the ocean and earth sciences.

Supporting science

We have a strong network of alumni and friends who help to advance our educational and research efforts.

Masters programmes

The Graduate School offers a wide range of postgraduate opportunities at masters level.


The University runs schemes and activities aimed at improving the understanding and engagement with ocean and Earth sciences.

Graduate School of NOCS

The Graduate School offers postgraduate training at PhD level in a world leading, dynamic research environment.


Our research spans the coast to the deep ocean, tackling the most pressing scientific questions of our age

Why study here?

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.

Key facts

  • Unique waterfront location within the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, linked to the Natural Environment Research Council.
  • Cutting edge facilities with unparalleled opportunities for oceanographic and geological fieldwork.
  • Outstanding researchers feed their work directly into high-calibre teaching.
  • 70 per cent of our research has been ranked as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (RAE 2008).
  • A keen inter-disciplinary culture for both teaching and research.


Student profiles

Our students enjoy training in a world leading, dynamic research environment.

Becky, MSci Oceanography

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"After extensive research and plenty of university open days the oceanography course that jumped out at me was at the University of Southampton – this is because the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is one of the world’s leading institutions for oceanographic research, with lectures given by scientists involved in new developments in understanding the oceans.” -  More about undergraduate opportunities

Nick, PhD in deep-sea biology

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“Southampton’s first-rate facilities and research links provided me with a good research project and the practical skills to pursue a PhD.” - More about postgraduate opportunities


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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

All updated information for cruise participants can be found using the Marine Facilities Planning website: