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University of Southampton - Oceanography and Marine Biology



Have you enjoyed Blue Planet Two and Frozen Planet from a couple of years ago? Are you worried about the levels of plastics in our oceans? Learn what it is like to be an Oceanographer or Marine Biologist exploring our hidden planet along side some of the world’s top marine scientists in our Oceanography Course.


What’s it all about?


The University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science will host a Headstart course for 60 students who want to consider studying Marine Biology and Oceanography. Students will be staying in halls close to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and working from the centre on a daily basis. NOCS is based at a purpose-built waterside campus in Southampton


What will I be doing?


The format will be in the form of a field course, with samples taken from Southampton Water and the Solent using our teaching and research vessel Callista. You will work in teams of 6 and develop a themed study of an aspect of the marine environment of the region, spending two half days at sea. The other days will be involved in planning and post cruise data processing, both in the biology lab and in the computer suite.

On the final afternoon each team will present their findings in a series of presentations which family and friends are welcome to attend.


Would this course suit me?


Students should be studying at least two subjects from Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science or Geography at A level for this course.


Course code: SMBHS20

Course dates: 17.00 on Sunday, 12 July 2020 to 16.00 on Thursday, 16 July 2020 (5 days residential)

University of Southampton - Oceanography and Marine Biology

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