The University of Southampton has a well established reputation for its outstanding research and degree courses in ocean and Earth science. We are also known for our relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere, which affords students a stimulating environment in which to learn and acquire essential scientific and key work skills. Ocean and Earth Science students are based at the prestigious National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). 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. The Centre is comprehensively equipped with modern instrumentation and laboratory facilities and is also the operational base for the UK’s fleet of deep sea research vessels and associated equipment such as Autosub, an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of diving to depths of 6 kilometres. NOCS also houses the UK’s collection of ocean sediment cores, as well as the National Oceanographic Library. We currently have more than 46 academic teaching staff (including 15 professors), and a strong technical and administrative support team working in Ocean and Earth Science. It is our ability to offer innovative courses, delivered in a research-led environment by leading experts in the field, which characterises our degree programmes. The work of our academics is highly regarded. In the last UK survey of research excellence (RAE 2008), 70 per cent of our submissions were ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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