Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.
This programme provides a route into a number of BSc (Hons) degrees in earth or ocean sciences; it is especially suitable for students without a strong background in science.
You will follow a Foundation Year at Carmel College (St Helens, nine miles from the University of Liverpool), where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.
You will then follow one from:
- Geology (F600)
- Geology and Physical Geography (F6F8)
- Geophysics (Geology) (F640)
- Geophysics (Physics) (F656)
- Ocean Sciences (F700)
- Geography and Oceanography (FF78)
- Mathematics with Ocean and Climate Sciences (G1F7)
- Marine Biology with Oceanography (C1F7).
Programme in detail
Based at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles from the main University precinct. The College offers small class sizes and high standards of academic achievement. You will follow three foundation modules chosen from chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology or geography. Module choice depends on the programme you wish to follow after the Foundation Year.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students 2018
93% of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Facts and figures
1st UK university to open a Department of Oceanography
Why this subject?
Be part of a group whose world-leading research is helping to tackle today’s greatest environmental challenges
Our multidisciplinary research is helping organisations such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to develop sustainable management plans.
Bring your studies to life with laboratory and field teaching
Fieldwork for our Oceans Sciences degree programmes takes place in local coastal waters and elsewhere in the UK (for example we currently run field classes in North Wales and off the west coast of Scotland). Time spent in laboratory and in the field varies considerably depending on which program you are registered on. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships
Our unique partnership with the Marine Biological Association allows us access to their specialist staff, laboratories and research vessel. We also have close links with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), based in Liverpool and access to custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), and the award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL).
Be inspired by our culture of research excellence in a friendly environment
Project work, carried out within the research groups, will allow you to use research equipment and the latest techniques.
Apply for summer internships and placements
A number of paid summer internships are offered, working alongside an academic in the University, at the NOC or elsewhere. These present a great opportunity to develop data analysis and modelling skills that will help you achieve your future employment or study ambitions.