NOCS Education Opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities

To find out more about opportunities for undergraduate study, visit the Ocean and Earth Science pages.

Postgraduate Opportunities

The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton recruits top quality graduates from across the world to postgraduate courses that include taught Masters (MSc), Research Intensive Masters (MRes)and PhD programs. Students are registered in the School of Ocean and Earth Science which is the University partner within the Centre.

MSc and MRes Studies

PhD projects available

New -- International Student Scholarships -- to be awarded for highly qualified non UK/EU Ph.D. applicants to cover the cost of overseas student fees.

Current PhD students

Study at a world-leading research institution

Our aim is to be the strongest and most innovative oceanographic research institution by 2015, and to lead the international research agenda in our areas of expertise, tackling some of the most pressing environmental questions facing the planet.We offer postgraduate students a unique setting and excellent facilities for study. Postgraduate students are involved in world-class research, working alongside some of the leading scientists in their subject area.

The University of Southampton – a world class reputation

The University leads the Russell Group of research intensive universities in student satisfaction surveys, it is consistently in the top 100 universities worldwide (World University Rankings)and it received the top rating from the Quality Assurance Agency in 2008. The School of Ocean and Earth Science was ranked second in the 2007 and 2008 student satisfaction survey of University of Southampton Schools. The Research Assessment Exercise, published at the end of 2008, rated 70 per cent of the research carried out across the School as world class or internationally excellent in the area of Earth Systems and Environmental Science.

A superb place to study

The School’s waterfront location overlooks the working port of Southampton, home to the great ocean liners. The city is one of the liveliest and most dynamic in the region, with superb opportunities for waterborne activities, a 24/7 social scene, cultural opportunities and one of the greenest environments within a major urban centre. The beaches of Bournemouth, the open spaces of the New Forest and the Isle of Wight are all within easy reach.

Springboard to future careers

Masters and PhD graduates progress into fulfilling careers in a wide range of disciplines where they apply their knowledge and skills to global issues. More than three-quarters of our Masters students in recent years are working in the marine and environmental sector, with half of that proportion pursuing PhD studies. Over one third the 250 PhD graduates from NOCS over the last decade are working directly in research related to their studies at institutions all over the world.
Sea of Dreams by Nature

Find out more

We are proud of the high calibre of our postgraduate students and early career scientists and welcome applications from anyone with the ability and ambition to make a real contribution to ocean and earth science.

To find out more about opportunities for postgraduate study, visit the School of Ocean and Earth Science pages.