About This Course
This degree focuses on the role of the oceans in the Earth System and their influence on climate; past, present and future. The first two years aim at developing a general understanding of the Earth system and the role of the oceans within that system. There is particular focus on the roles of the shallow seas, which surround the continents, and on interactions between ice and the oceans. In the third year students then specialise with modules including computer modeling, of the ocean and a geophysical residential field work. The course therefore places a particular emphasis on gaining skills and knowledge of direct relevance to industry, particularly in relation to issues such as future climate change, sea level rise, marine pollution and exploitation of marine energy.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Ocean and Geophysics with Placement Year BSc F7FP. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' courses here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- 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.
- Our unique location provides easy access to fieldwork in the UNESCO designated GeoMôn geopark and the Snowdonia National Park. We are only a few metres away from the Menai Strait and the Irish Sea, model systems studied by oceanography students across the planet.
- Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company – providing you with advantages when seeking employment.
- Our excellent facilities include a research vessel, access to supercomputers and state-of-theart survey equipment. We also maintain oceanographic moorings which provide a range of data which you will use.
- 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).
Assessment methods vary – most modules combine elements of continuous assessment and formal examination.
What will you study on this course?
Please see below.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Ocean and Geophysics Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Year 3 residential fieldtrip. Students will be required to cover cost of personal subsistence £10/day for 7 days food. Compulsory if following geophysics route in Year 3; not available (and therefore not incurred) if following ocean physics route in Year 3.
Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. suitable footwear, waterproofs, rucksack. The cost of these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£100.
Appropriate stationary for any note-taking during classes e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost of these will vary. Approximate cost: £20-£30.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Materials for the preparation of academic poster for assessment. The cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost £10-£15.
The School of Ocean Sciences is based in Menai Bridge, c. 1.5 miles from Bangor and the halls of residence. Most classes are held on the Bangor site, but some laboratory practicals are held in Menai Bridge (typically 6-10 per semester). Travel to these are covered in Year 1, but not in subsequent years. Many walk or cycle between the venues, but some opt for public or private transport. Approximate cost if latter two options taken: £40/year.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including BC grades in Maths or Physics and usually in 1 other science subject - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies.)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in Maths or Physics and another science subject)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science**: MMM -DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental**: MMM -DMM
- Access to HE Science**
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
**Similar subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
The course is ideal preparation for careers, in both industry and academia, associated with marine renewables, climate change research, offshore survey, coastal zone management and broadcast media, where the ability to collect and analyse and animate large numerical data sets using computers and computer graphics is in high demand.
Ocean Sciences in Bangor has a strong record of employability supported by a large Alumni association, which contains many of the leaders of the UK’s offshore industry. Many graduates return regularly to the School to talk to current undergraduates about career prospects. Alumni also offer direct and personal career advice on request by individual students.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.