Geography and Oceanography BSc (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

There has never been a better time to study Ocean Sciences: to understand how the oceans are warming, where sea level is rising, how the oceans are taking up carbon from the atmosphere, and how these changes are affecting plankton and marine life. Our degree programmes are designed to provide you with the skills to tackle these global environmental challenges. The vast majority of our recent graduates gain employment within a degree-related field or continue further within education and research after graduation.

Recent employers

  • Arcus Renewable Energy Consulting Ltd
  • Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
  • British Oceanographic Data Centre
  • Environment Agency
  • Lloyds (property insurance)
  • Meteorological Office
  • OceanWise Marine Data Acquisition and Management
  • VerdErg Connectors Limited.

Work experience opportunities

We have competitive bursaries to support four to six week summer placements for students in Years Two and Three. Placements can be based with staff within our Oceans group, with researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, or elsewhere. These placements are great opportunities to gain practical experience and work on a specific research project.

Postgraduate opportunities

More than 40% of our students go on to further study on master’s or PhD programmes in the UK and abroad. We offer postgraduate opportunities in Ocean Sciences via our four-year integrated master’s programme (F710), and PhD research opportunities are available through our joint training programme with the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Manchester.

Qualifying you for life

Our research funding organisation, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), recently performed a study to identify critical skills gaps in the environment sector, defined as the ‘parts of the UK that significantly rely on, or generate, knowledge concerned with the state and
condition of the Earth’. The top six skills identified as being needed in the environment sector were: computer modelling, multidisciplinarity, data management, numeracy, communication and fieldwork.

Our degree programmes are designed to provide Ocean Sciences students with these skills through training in industry standard software for modelling and data management, development of quantitative and communication skills and opportunities for at-sea training throughout the degree programme. On graduating, you will be a highly employable ocean scientist ready to tackle global environmental challenges.

Katie Burton
Geology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons)

Senior Environmental Consultant
Caulmert Ltd

I am currently a Senior Environmental Consultant at an engineering, environmental and planning consultancy, offering a broad range of consultancy services. I work with a team of design engineers, environmental scientists, hydrologists, geologists, planners and more. An average day is in the office, undertaking desk-top studies, report writing and dealing with clients and regulators, but I can often be involved in site work which keeps things interesting. I specialise in water management, investigating the causes of flooding, and possible solutions to flooding problems for private developers or local authorities. In my job, I often have to undertake surveys, mapping and investigating the physical characteristics of a site. All the fieldwork I did during my degree was an enormous help in giving me the basic skills I needed in a graduate role.