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Full time & Part time October MRes, Research Only 1 year full time; 2-5 years part time

About the course

This is a programme designed for graduates in the physical or environmental sciences, mathematics or engineering.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics at Southampton. Find out everything about Marine Geology and Geophysics and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics.

Programme Overview

MRes students spend two thirds of their year on their research project and the rest of their time taking taught modules. You can choose from a range of flexible pathways depending on

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Entry Requirements

You must have a good (2:1) second class Honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in Physical or Environmental Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering.

English Language: If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skill would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

Francesca Pascolietti

I decided to study at the University – and the National Oceanographic Centre Southampton - because of its worldwide excellent reputation in marine science research. As student of the MRes in Marine Geology and Geophysics, I had a great opportunity to be part of a very high quality academic program and to work with leading professionals in the field of marine and submarine geology. I worked on the physical characterisation of marine sediments coming from the deep water levees of Nazare’ and Setubal submarine canyons of the western Portugal margin. For this purpose I could employ advanced state-of-the-art equipment for non-destructive core analysis from the Boscorf Lab, being trained and always accompanied in the work by highly qualified staff.

Southampton is a very nice and safe town. Living in a studio flat of the Highfield Halls, I was very close to the central campus of the University of Southampton, and I had easily at my disposal all the University’s facilities, including internet, any kind of sport classes, libraries, day and night buses, reception and medical help when necessary. Moreover, cinemas, theatres and wide and groomed green areas make Southampton a very pleasant place to live.

I’m now involved in a PhD program in Earth Sciences of the University of Siena, in Italy. Thanks to the year spent in Southampton I had the opportunity to meet very interesting and leading scientists with whom I hope to continue a working collaboration in future.

As an international student, I could take advantage of several services of the University of Southampton dedicated to foreign students, and I have to thank all those people of the University, who with their kindness and expertise, supported me in every step of my life and studies in Southampton. Thanks to their help and advice I could have a very productive, stress-free and safe year in a foreign country.


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