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University of Southampton

2016 League Table Ranking 14
2016 Overall Score 841
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Entry Standards 408 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 12.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.15 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,623 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 496 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 77.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 92.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 80.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 28.3 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Dates back to 1862 when the Hartley Institution, as it was originally known, was established in the centre of Southampton.
  • Hartley Institution became Hartley University College and moved out of the city centre in 1919.
  • Received its Royal Charter to award degrees and became the University of Southampton in April 1952.

Location and Transport

  • South coast of England, close to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Just over one hour by train from London.
  • Main campus north of city centre, adjacent to Southampton Common's 326 acres of managed woodland.
  • Excellent road, rail, sea and air links. Southampton Airport nearby. University-owned bus service, uni-link, provides transport across the city. For students living and studying in Southampton, a uni-link bus pass is included in the cost of halls accommodation.

Entry Standards

  • Applicants normally expected to achieve three A-Level passes or equivalent.
  • Applicants also need to satisfy admissions tutor(s) that their academic qualifications are sufficient for them to cope with programme of study.
  • Each academic unit sets its own entrance requirements, and applicants are usually required to attain required grades listed in prospectus.

Student Mix

The 24,040 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers more than 300 degree programmes, covering over 66 subject areas.
  • Single honours, focusing on one main subject and combined honours, for those who want the flexibility and variety of knowledge/skills offered by studying a combination of subjects. Students are given greater flexibility and choice by being able to study modules outside their core discipline, the chance to learn another language, and the option to take a minor subject alongside their major degree choice.
  • For more information about the curriculum innovation programme at Southampton, please visit the website.

Teaching Standards

  • In the most recent Institutional Audit, QAA awarded Southampton the highest possible level of achievement.
  • Students can expect to be taught by leaders in their fields, giving them the chance to learn about world-changing research as it happens.
  • Students have access to some of the best facilities in the world for project work.
  • Programmes provide opportunities to develop the critical thinking and independent learning skills that are essential for future leaders and decision makers.

Research Standards

  • An international reputation for research.
  • In the most recent (2008) Research Assessment Exercise, more than 60 per cent of the research submitted was considered of internationally excellent or world-leading quality, making Southampton one of the leading research universities in the country.
  • Based on the RAE 2008 results, Southampton is one of the top universities in the UK for medicine, engineering, music, sociology and social policy, computer science and nursing.

Academic Strengths

  • One of the top 20 research universities in the UK with consistently high scores for teaching and learning activities.
  • Ranked among the top on per cent of universities in the world (according to the 2013–14 QS World University rankings).
  • Southampton is one of only 13 UK universities listed in the Centre for Higher Education Development's (CHE) Excellence Ranking of European graduate programmes in chemistry.
  • The University of Southampton is offering MEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering programmes at its branch campus in the EduCity development in Nusajaya, Malaysia. The split campus (UK and Malaysia) degree offers the chance to gain a unique education in Malaysia combined with two years at a leading research-centred UK university, for around 60 per cent of the cost of studying for the same degree in the UK only.
  • The University has introduced a new European medical degree. Started in October 2013, medical students will be able to undertake a major part of their education in Europe for the first time in the UK. The new partnership with health provider, Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding, based in Kassel, will also allow German students to be taught in Southampton before returning to Germany for the latter part of their education.
  • The University has a centre to promote Chinese culture and language. The new Confucius Institute is part of a growing global network which includes 11 centres in the UK. The Institute promotes China, its history and culture to university students, local businesses and schools. Staff at the Institute will visit schools in Hampshire to give taster sessions of the Chinese language, Mandarin, as well as calligraphy, culture and history lessons. Local businesses and undergraduates at the University will also be given the opportunity of learning Mandarin.
  • In 2011 the University was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its innovation and world-leading expertise in performance sports engineering.
  • The University offers a wide range of opportunities to develop your skills as a budding entrepreneur, including giving you support and guidance in developing the ideas that could help you set up your own business.
  • Programmes provide opportunities to develop the critical thinking and independent learning skills that are essential for future leaders and decision makers.
  • An extensive programme of work placements and internships to give Southampton students that all-important head start in the job market.

Student Facilities

  • University libraries include a £10-million refurbished Hartley Library, with state-of-the-art Learning Centre and Assistive Technology Centre.
  • Around 2,200 computer workstations around campuses and halls of residence, with internet access in all study bedrooms. Students can access wi-fi internet across all our campuses.
  • Some of the latest research facilities and equipment anywhere in the world – from super computers to major historical archives, from a wind tunnel complex to a a student flight simulator.
  • The University’s £3-million supercomputer is one of the fastest in Europe.
  • Three of the UK’s leading arts venues on campus offering student discounts.

Students' Union

  • More than 200 societies and 80 sports clubs on offer. Hosts live music, club nights, karaoke, comedy and international nights.
  • Union complex offers four bars, Cube nightclub, café, mini-mart, banks, hair and beauty salon, cinema, campus market.
  • Students' Union runs its own radio station – SURGE radio, Wessex Scene student newspaper and a TV station all with the latest industry-standard equipment and run entirely by student DJs, journalists and directors.


  • 170-station fitness suite, 25-m swimming pool, two sports halls with eight badminton courts or two netball/volleyball/basketball courts, four squash courts, martial arts and multi-purpose studios; indoor climbing wall.
  • Other facilities include grass, sand-based and rubber-crumb pitches, eight tennis courts, six netball courts.
  • University Hard (boat house) with direct access onto the River Itchen; also home to the Rifle/Archery Range.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

Recent builds:

  • Mountbatten Complex (Electronics and Computer Science/Optoelectronics Research Centre).
  • New Life Sciences Building – the hub for the Institute for Life Sciences, which brings together multidisciplinary research across the life sciences.
  • The University of Southampton has established a branch campus within the EduCity development in Iskandar Malaysia, offering BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering programmes. The split campus (UK and Malaysia) degree offers the chance to gain a unique education in Malaysia combined with two years at a leading research-centred UK university, for around 60 per cent of the cost of studying for the same degree in the UK only.
  • In development: new Maritime Centre of Excellence at Boldrewood campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University's Temp Bank is a great way for students to make extra money and has been designed to accommodate student timetables. Based on the main Highfield Campus, Temp Bank helps students find part-time temporary work within the university.
  • The University’s careers service (Career Destinations) arranges placements and internships with business partners of the University.
  • Students can get involved in community volunteering projects and global ethical enterprise schemes such as Enactus.

Notable Alumni

  • Chris Packham – Presenter and wildlife expert.
  • Sir Adrian Newey – Chief Technical Officer, Red Bull Racing.
  • John Inverdale – BBC Sports presenter.
  • Caroline Wyatt – BBC Defence Correspondent.
  • Justine Greening – former Secretary of State for Transport.
  • John Nettles – played the leading roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.
  • George Buckley – Chairman, President, and Chief Executive of 3M.
  • Stephen Payne OBE – Vice-President and Chief Naval Architect at Carnival Corporation (owners of Cunard).
  • John Denham – Labour Member of Parliament for Southampton Itchen.
  • Baroness Gloria Hooper – Lawyer and Life peer in the House of Lords.
  • Dominic Mohan – Editor of the The Sun newspaper.
  • Jon Sopel – Presenter of The Politics Show and a lead presenter on BBC News.

For further information

  • +44 (0)23 8059 5000
  • University of Southampton
    University Road
    SO17 1BJ
UCAS Code S27

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