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Earth and Marine Sciences Degrees

If you want to understand the planet on which we live, then perhaps a degree in Earth and marine sciences could be for you.

Read our guide to find out what to expect from degrees in these fields, some of the science skills necessary, some of the different specializations available, and the potential careers open to graduates. To discover the world's top universities for Earth and marine sciences, visit our ranking.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from an earth and marine sciences degree include: 

  • Interpreting raw data
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to present findings in a concise and comprehensible fashion
  • Framework for further learning and understanding of how to use scientific literature
  • Technological literacy
  • Experience of fieldwork, often in challenging conditions
  • Working as part of a team
  • Experience of working in a laboratory
  • Awareness of environmental issues
  • Ability to evaluate risk
  • Ability to look at issues systemically and identify patterns
  • Ability to make decisions based on incomplete data
  • Ability to adapt quickly
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines