University of Southampton

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.15 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.08 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    77.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    91.8 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    80.1 / 100.0


  • 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.
  • Six UK campuses and one campus in Malaysia.

Entry Requirements

  • We are committed to considering carefully and fairly all relevant qualifications presented by applicants. We welcome applications from candidates offering a broad range of qualifications. 
  • These include GCE A levels and AS levels, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Cambridge Pre-U, Access to HE Diplomas, BTECs, many European and international qualifications, and also combinations of qualifications. Applicants normally expected to achieve three A-Level passes or equivalent.
  • Over the next few years, many qualifications in the UK will be changing. We are committed to ensuring that no applicant will be disadvantaged when being considered for a place at Southampton as a result of these reforms.
  • 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.
  • We were one of the first universities in the UK to recognise the EPQ formally in our offer. Applicants for most of our courses will be made two offers: the traditional offer, plus an alternative offer that includes the EPQ.

Student Mix

The 23,795 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 68%
  • Postgraduate 32%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%


  • UK 71%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

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.

Teaching Standards

  • In the most recent institutional audit, QAA commended Southampton for its enhancement of student learning opportunities.
  • QAA also judged that Southampton meets UK expectations for the setting and maintenance of the academic standards of awards, the quality of student learning opportunities and the quality of the information about learning opportunities.

Research Standards

  • Southampton is ranked 11th in the UK based on the volume and quality of its research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • Over 97% of the university’s research environment has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent.
  • Nearly 90% of its research has been assessed as having world-leading and internationally excellent impact.

Academic Strengths

  • One of the top 20 research universities in the UK with consistently high scores for teaching and learning activities.
  • 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% 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 undertake a major part of their education in Europe. This partnership with health provider, Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding, based in Kassel, allows 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 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.
  • Ranked among the top 15 UK universities (The Complete University Guide, 2016).

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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.
  • 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 student flight simulator.

Disability Services

  • Enabling Services offers support for students with disabilities, mental health problems and specific learning difficulties, from application through to graduation.
  • Before you arrive, we are able to help with queries regarding getting the right support and funding in place.
  • We can also provide support with accommodation and prospective visits.

Students' Union

  • More than 350 clubs and societies.
  • 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.

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 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.

Careers Guidance

  • Career mentoring; careers information, advice and guidance; presentations and workshops; careers fairs; opportunities to network with top employers.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus – our newest campus is the result of the university’s collaboration with Lloyd’s Register: one of the largest business partnerships with any single university in the world.
  • The base for the study of engineering, facilities on the campus include laboratories for studying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fluid dynamics and high-performance sports, a flight simulator and driving simulator, design studios and a 140m towing tank.

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.

Further Details

Address University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ
UCAS Code S27
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