BSc (Honours) Ocean Exploration

Date01 September 2019-30 June 2022
VenueUniversity of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is situated in the south west of England, next to Plymouth Sound and on the Devon coastline. The natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and its major river, the Tamar, are the places for practicals afloat and opportunities to apply hydrography and marine geoscience. To the north, Dartmoor National Park provides a complete break from the bustle of the modern city, offering wild walks, climbing and seclusion.

The University has around 30,000 students, either on the Plymouth campus or across the region. There is a strong national and international research profile and significant funds to support research are attained annually. There is a large number of PhD and postgraduate students. Recent years have seen an investment of more than £110 million in state-of-the-art facilities, from the library to lecture theatres, laboratories and the Student Union building.

Each of the University's survey courses is strongly vocational with field activities on its research vessel Falcon Spirit.  She is equipped with the University's own survey instrumentation and also with loans from industry. The experience from the Plymouth survey courses is of strong employment in applied work based on the degree studied.
Variety, travel, scientific endeavour, marine experiences and being paid to do it!  Who could want better? 

The BSc (Honours) Ocean Exploration course covers practical applications of marine science concerned with measurement, determination of position, mapping and visualisation of the nature and form of the seabed and its underlying geology. It also addresses the growing demand for greater knowledge of our seascape and the sustainable development of our marine areas and resources.

The course studies both the physical characteristics of the world's oceans and investigates the practical techniques used to explore the oceans. Course content is directed towards the vocational requirements of graduates seeking to enter the marine/hydrographic community operating within coastal and offshore waters.

Many think of ocean exploration as the delving into unknown water depths to see creatures and features never before seen by man, or the exploration of 'lost' ships. However, led by the minerals industries, this concept is founded in viable industrial activities, seeking to develop the sea's resources in a sustainable manner, for the benefit of mankind.

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