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Bachelor's Degree in Geophysical Sciences

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Geophysical Sciences

Apply your interest in physics to discover how the Earth works. At Southampton, BSc Geophysical Sciences is a wide-ranging degree, which combines many disciplines. We have strong links with industry, excellent facilities and offer many fieldwork opportunities. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills that companies value.

Geophysics is the science of applying physical principles to help us understand our world. You'll work across maths, physics, and geology, and can take modules in astronomy, geography, and archaeology.

At Southampton, you'll learn about current geophysics and gain a range of geophysical, geological and mathematical skills. These include practical field skills and computer programming.

You can choose module options dedicated to particular areas, such as:

  • our unique module in seafloor exploration
  • tides and waves
  • mantle melting and the formation of volcanoes
  • environmental impact assessments

As part of this geophysical science course you'll:

  • study at our pioneering research institution and waterfront campus, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)
  • use our modern, industry-standard, labs and teaching equipment, including the National Oceanographic Library
  • take field courses in the UK and abroad, where you'll design and carrying out your own surveys
  • benefit from our many links to geophysics and geology companies

This geophysical sciences degree is accredited by The Geological Society of London. This means that our teaching is of the highest quality and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

Admission requirements


ABB including Physics (minimum grade B) and Mathematics (minimum grade B)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level Physics and Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation)


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A Level Mathematics and Physics.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level Mathematics and Physics

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Earth Materials
  • Earth and Ocean System
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Matter
  • Key Skills for Geoscientists
  • Math Methods for Scientist 1b
  • Mathematical Methods for Scientists 1a
  • Waves, Light and Quanta

Year 2

  • Exploration Geophysics and Remote Sensing
  • Physics, Fieldwork & Key Skills for Geophysicists
  • Structural Geology and GIS

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Coastal Ocean Processes
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geochemistry
  • Geohazards and Earth Resources
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Mathematical Methods for Scientists
  • Sedimentary Systems and Processes
  • The Dynamic Ocean
  • Course structure

Year 3

  • Applied and Marine Geophysics
  • Geodynamics and Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Geophysical Field Methods
  • Global Tectonics
  • Independent Research Project (Geophysics)

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Computational Data Analysis for Geophysicists and Ocean Scientists
  • Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • Large Scale Ocean Processes and Climate
  • Palaeoclimate Change
  • Petroleum Geology and Mineral Resources
  • Seafloor Exploration and Surveying
  • The Evolving Earth
  • Volcanic and Mantle Processes

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and international students: £22,760 per year


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: Geophysical Sciences
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary Degree)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

The degree is also a good foundation for study and research at Masters or postgraduate level.

Career opportunities

Our unique modules, such as Seafloor Surveying, will give you skills that are in high demand for offshore engineering work, such as wind farms and cable installation. Typical geophysics roles include:

  • offshore engineering
  • environmental monitoring and natural hazard assessment
  • archaeology
  • traditional hydrocarbon exploration
  • mineral exploration

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