Ocean and Geophysics BSc (Hons)
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
Statement of Intent, reference letter, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts
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All eligible students will automatically be considered for an International Scholarship worth £3,000 per year.
All outstanding students (e.g. 1st class honours degree holders, A Grade students, GPA 3.5+/4) will automatically be considered for a Merit Scholarship worth £4,000 per year.
You may also be eligible for other scholarships and discounts available for international students.
Physical Oceanographers and marine geophysicists are in great demand and are required to tackle issues such as predicting future climate and sea-level change, marine pollution dispersion and exploitation of marine renewable energy. The aim of this programme is to inspire and prepare students to be professional physical and geophysical marine scientists – whether that is to be in research or industry. The course achieves this by providing students with a suitable combination of skills and knowledge. Generic skills e.g. self -learning, time management, numerical skills as well as subject specific ones including numerical problem solving and making observations in the natural environment. In year 3 the students specialise following either an Ocean Physics route, focusing on process understanding and numerical modelling, or a Geophysics route focusing on characterisation and observation of near surface marine sedimentary environments. The course therefore places a particular emphasis on gaining skills and knowledge of direct relevance to industry.
The School of Ocean Sciences is one of the largest university centres teaching marine sciences in Britain and was recently described as one of the best place in Europe to study Physical Oceanography by New Scientist magazine.
The physicists and geologists on our staff have expertise in dynamics, ocean optics and acoustics, oceanographic instrumentation, geophysical instrumentation, turbulence and mixing, sedimentary environments, sediment transport and computer modelling. We have strong links with the National Oceanography Centre, Met Office, and the offshore, hydrocarbon and marine renewables industries.
We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the seashore and the sea.
Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company – providing you with advantages when seeking employment.
We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship as well as several smaller survey boats.
You will be able to investigate practical aspects of physical oceanography through computer modelling, laboratory experiments and fieldwork, which includes a programme on our research ship.
The course involves up to 25 – 35 hours per week of lectures, practicals (laboratory and fieldwork), private study, tutorials and project work. You will also complete literature reviews, exercises, essays, practical and fieldwork write-ups, present and attend seminars and do much reading. In Year 3 you work on a dissertation which will be individually supervised by an Ocean Science staff member with the expertise relevant to your project. The project may take the form of the development and application of numerical models for making predictions of, for example, ocean currents, or the analysis of data.
Employability lectures and a careers fair is embedded into year 2 whilst in the third year, you will be invited to a series of guest lectures (and often interviews) with prospective employers; and be offered trips to various national industry meetings (e.g. Oceanology, Ocean Business).
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within fourteen Academic Schools.
The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. Funds were raised by public subscription to establish a college of university rank in Bangor. An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including farmers and quarrymen, from their weekly wages over a period of time.
Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life, whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. We have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University.
Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. We have more than 200 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. Student membership is free, so all our students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered. Our Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centreprovides advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling, dyslexia, study skills and local faith provision. Every year hundreds of second and third year students are trained as Peer Guides to welcome new students to Bangor and provide practical advice to help them settle-in.
The University was originally based in an old coaching inn called the Penrhyn Arms. In 1903, the city of Bangor donated a 10-acre site overlooking the city at Penrallt for a new building, and substantial sums of money were raised by local people to help meet the cost. The foundation stone for this was laid in 1907, and four years later in 1911 the main building was opened, together with some arts and social science buildings and part of the Library.
The Science Departments remained in the Penrhyn Arms for another fifteen years. In 1926 they moved to new purpose-built accommodation which had been constructed with the assistance of funds raised by the North Wales Heroes Memorial.
Today, The University has over 11,000 students and 2,000 members of staff. Bangor University is committed to providing teaching of the highest quality, conducting research of the highest quality, taking good care of its students and playing a full role in the wider community of Wales .