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Our research spans the coast to the deep ocean, tackling the most pressing scientific questions of our age

Based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), our graduate school (GSNOCS) aims to provide the best possible skills and expertise to work at the leading-edge of research.

Our research spans the coast to the deep ocean, tackling the most pressing scientific questions of our age, within key areas such as:

  • Geochemistry
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate
  • Marine Biochemistry
  • Physical Oceanography

With an interdisciplinary emphasis, research focuses on scientific excellence with impact. NOCS hosts cutting-edge facilities and attracts world-class academics and students from around the world. GSNOCS is able to offer our students a variety of opportunities including:

  • SPITFIRE, funded NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
  • NERC fully-funded Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • NeXUSS – NERC and ESPRC funded Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in the use of smart and autonomous observation for the environmental sciences known as NEXUSS (NEXt generation Unmanned System Science)
  • Project-tiered funding studentships and opportunities
With an interdisciplinary emphasis, research focuses on scientific excellence with impact

SPITFIRE

SPITFIRE is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment. Our aim is to create an innovative multi-disciplinary experience for the effective training of future leaders in environmental science, engineering, technology development, business, and policy.

SPITFIRE students will be registered at the University of Southampton and will undertake their PhD project research within the University or one of the hosting partner organisations. Unique features of SPITFIRE include opportunities for placements at a range of prestigious international research organisations or industrial and policy partners.

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NEXUSS

NEXUSS is a Centre for Doctoral Training funded by NERC and EPSRC and led by the University of Southampton, in partnership with five other leading academic and research centres (British Antarctic Survey, Heriot Watt University, National Oceanography Centre, Scottish Association for Marine Science and University of East Anglia). The Centre will tackle major challenges in the environmental sciences through the development and application of novel Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems technology. NEXUSS is an innovative doctoral training programme which will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the necessary skills to develop and apply ambitious new unmanned systems. It will fund training for an annual intake of at least ten PhD students, starting in 2016.

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Oil and Gas CDT

Postgraduate training in geological and environmental research into oil and gas activities has received funding for a new country-wide Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and led by Heriot-Watt University. The CDT includes 19 UK institutes including Ocean and Earth Science Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton who will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector.

This workforce of the future will help equip the industry with the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction.

First Year Oil and Gas CDT Cohort at Col Du Galibier (2645m). Part of the Exploration in Challenging Environments Field Trip, France August 2015

First Year Oil and Gas CDT Cohort at Col Du Galibier (2645m). Part of the Exploration in Challenging Environments Field Trip, France August 2015

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Graduate School of National Oceanography Centre Southampton (GSNOCS)

GSNOCS offers postgraduate training at PhD level in a world leading, dynamic research environment. The Graduate School is part of the University of Southampton, but works closely with the Natural Environment Research Council to offer first class research experience. There are currently around 200 research students within the Graduate School. We have invested in a first class, dynamic programme to support PhD students, with innovative teaching techniques, comprehensive student services and cutting edge research resources. Funding is also available through GNSOCS to support PhD level research.

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GSNOCS and SPITFIRE application closing date for 2017/18 entry is 2nd January 2017.

NEXUSS application closing date for 2017/18 entry is 16th January 2017.

Oil and Gas CDT application closing date for 2017/18 entry is 31st January 2017.


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