Our Ocean Sciences programmes involve fieldwork at sea on research vessels. You will be directly involved in the collection of samples and data using research grade equipment and instruments, in the analysis of samples in the laboratory, and in the application of data analysis tools and interpretation of data. This hands-on experience allows you to place theories and ideas gathered throughout your degree programme in context. You will be trained in up-to-date techniques vital for modern observational oceanography.
Year 1: you will attend a fieldwork weekend in North Wales. During this two-day training session students are introduced to basic skills in data collection and techniques used for making oceanographic and meteorological observations.
Year 2: you will collect samples from the coastal waters north of Liverpool, and use those samples to learn key analytical techniques in our laboratories.
Year 3: The analytical experience gained in years 1 and 2 is then used in year 3, when you will participate in a 6-day field course off Oban, northwest Scotland, working on board the RV Calanus and RV Seol Mara. Students collect samples and data in order to understand the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of the coastal environment and how they interact.
Spending time at sea will not only provide you with knowledge and hands-on experience in Ocean Sciences but will allow you develop your skills in self-organisation, teamwork and communication and improve your confidence in making observations, attributes attractive to employers both within and outside the field of Ocean Sciences.
The School of Environmental Sciences will cover essential costs of all compulsory field courses - and you will have the option, via our ‘Go Abroad’ programme, to study abroad for part of your degree.