PhD students are at the core of our research endeavour and our large Graduate School is key to our success

Professor Martin Palmer, Head of the Graduate School

The Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS) is a centre of research excellence. We are a large, international, scientifically diverse and genuinely interdisciplinary community with about 200 PhD students with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, natural sciences, oceanography and physics.

As a PhD student at GSNOCS you will be a member of a critical mass of scientists undertaking cutting edge research. This research spans the spectrum of interests of scientists from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council's Research Centre, The National Oceanography Centre, in a unique collaborative partnership based at the purpose-built Waterfront Campus.

Our postgraduate students are a highly valued part of our research-intensive community, and are central to thriving interdisciplinary collaborations between NOC, the University and leading institutions across the UK and overseas. We are proud to say that students from all over the world and from many different scientific disciplines join us to undertake research and use the unique facilities we enjoy. We have invested in a first class, dynamic programme to support PhD students, with innovative training techniques, comprehensive student services and cutting edge research resources.