The way that the earth behaves as a system results from interactions between the land, the oceans and the atmosphere.
Complex issues such as climate change, sea level rise and environmental pollution can only be fully understood if all the different facets of the earth’s behaviour are considered. While the ocean sciences deal with present day and future climate change scenarios, the link to physical geography provides an understanding of changes in climate over the last several thousand years to provide context for recent climate change. This was the first UK university programme to combine land, ocean and climate studies in an integrated programme of study.
Programme in detail
Your training will cover core topics in oceanography, physical geography, geology and ecology as well as modules in IT and communication skills. There will be the opportunity to participate in field/project work throughout the course of your studies, as well as a full sea practical during your final year. Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool provide guest lectures and supervision of projects. Students without mathematics, physics or chemistry at A level are provided with remedial courses.
The degree in Geography and Oceanography at Liverpool is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
Work placement/Year in industry
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
138 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students (2017)
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 multi-disciplinary 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
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. Time spent in laboratory and in the field varies considerably depending which program you are registed 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 outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and the award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) contributes to research-led teaching, particularly in Years Three and Four.
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 placements are offered, working alongside an academic. NOC also provide a one year placement - a great opportunity to develop numerical and modelling skills as well as gaining a strong research experience.