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University of Southampton

Geophysics (4 years)

UCAS Code: F660

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB to include Maths and Physics. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3, D3, M2 to include Maths and Physics. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Maths and Physics. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Maths and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

AAB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Maths and Physics.

UCAS Tariff

104-147

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83%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Geophysics

If you are looking for a professional career in geophysics or quantitative Earth science, this is the programme for you. This four-year MSci Geophysics degree will equip you with a broad knowledge of contemporary geophysics and a range of geophysical, geological and mathematical skills, including field skills and computer programming. These skills transfer readily into the world of work, and graduates have been very successful in finding summer placements and subsequent employment in the geophysical industry.

Whereas most programmes focus solely on terrestrial geophysics, this is combined at the University of Southampton with an expertise in marine geophysics which means that over the course of your four-year degree you will deepen your understanding of core tectonic movements, oceans and atmosphere dynamics, and the interactions in space between the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetic field.

In your final-year you will get the opportunity to work alongside one of the University's cutting edge research groups completing an extensive research project in a specialised area of geophysics.

All Geophysics programmes at Southampton are accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Modules

Explore and engage with geophysics through modules such as: Earth Materials; Dynamic Earth; Structural Geology and GIS; Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology; Exploration Geophysics and Remote Sensing; Global Tectonics; Applied and Marine Geophysics; Geodynamics and Solid Earth Geophysics; MSci Advanced Independent Research Project.

Please see the course page on the website for the full list of compulsory and optional modules.

Assessment methods

To test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and associated practicals, you will be assessed via a combination of written examinations, essays, group and individual oral presentations, poster presentations and short coursework assignments. Experimental, analytical and research skills are assessed through laboratory experiment write-ups, library based project work, research project reports, field notebooks, fieldwork/boatwork exercises and/or reports.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Ocean and Earth Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Geophysics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geophysics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£25k

£31k

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£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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