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
National Student Survey
• 100% of our students said staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 93% of our students are satisfied overall with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)
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 research into the vulnerability of marine species and habitats to fishing, global climate change and coastal development 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 field teaching
Field teaching is at the centre of learning in all years, because it gives students a practical hands-on experience to gain an understanding of the natural environment that cannot be achieved in the classroom alone. Our residential field course locations currently include Pembrokeshire, Devon and the west coast and highlands of Scotland but we also regularly get out into the local area around North West England and North Wales.
Broaden your perspective by experiencing study overseas
All of our students organise and undertake an independent study visit overseas to a country of their choice. This gives you vital scientific work experience on a subject that interests you. You will also learn about the culture and biodiversity of another country and expand your network of contacts. An increasing number of our students take the chance to study abroad during their second year with one of our exchange partners in countries such as Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Sweden.
Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships
Our outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), long-term field study sites, and the Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). Students use the CTL’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for practical work, field work and analytical skills such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Liverpool hosts the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) who contribute to research-led teaching. Local, national and international partners including World Museum Liverpool, RSPB and the Marine Biological Association help with field teaching and research projects.