What students say about marine and ocean sciences
With oceanography, there is a lot more contact time than with arts degrees. You usually have two hours of lectures per module per week, with labs and boatwork scattered around your timetable. The content is very interesting. A lot of it is repeated through the years, so you get a core knowledge base of transferable information, which is incredibly useful. There are a lot of practical write-ups, both for boatwork and labs. The NOC is very well-equipped for its courses - oceanography, marine biology, geology, geophysics etc. The RV Callista and RV Bill Conway are used for boatwork in the Solent.2nd year, University of Southampton
Amazing course, with a reasonable amount of lecture time, but a lot expected externally. Quite challenging as it covers such a broad subject.2nd year, University of Southampton
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Choose two from biology, chemistry, physics and maths
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Natural and social science professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Marine surveyor
- Environmental officer
Other real-life job examples
What employers like about this subject
Students of marine and ocean sciences can gain subject-specific skills in the biology, physics, chemistry and geology of the marine environment; in oceanographic and marine field skills and training in experimental practice and design. You'll also gain a whole suite of sought-after transferable skills including numeracy, communication, data handling, team-working and problem-solving skills. Marine and ocean science graduates work in industries including oil and gas, scientific research, higher education, technical consultancy, museums and zoos and government.