• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.06 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    3.15 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.90 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

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

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    78.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    78.5 / 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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    91.2 / 100.0

The University of Southampton dates back to 1862: located on the south coast of England, it is close to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. The main campus is north of city centre, near to a large managed woodland. There are excellent road, rail, sea and air links and London is and just over an hour away by train.

Entry Requirements

  • The university welcome applications from candidates offering a broad range of qualifications including Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Pre-U, Access to HE Diplomas and BTECs, as well as combinations of qualifications.
  • Applicants normally expected to achieve three A level passes or equivalent, depending on the programme of study.
  • The university was one of the first in the UK to recognise the EPQ. Applicants for most courses will be made 2 offers: the traditional offer, plus an alternative offer that includes the EPQ.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Depending on the chosen programme, students can expect a wide range of innovative learning methods such as field trips, laboratory study, excavations, private and public sector placements and group projects, supported by virtual learning environments.
  • Students also have access to lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers more than 300 degree programmes, covering over 66 subject areas.
  • These include single honours, focusing on 1 main subject and combined honours, for students 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, as well as the opportunity to study abroad.

Student Services and Facilities

  • University libraries include the extensively refurbished Hartley Library with its Learning Centre and Assistive Technology Centre.
  • Around 2,200 computer workstations across campuses and halls of residence, Wi-Fi on all campuses and Internet access in all study bedrooms.
  • Some of the latest research facilities and equipment anywhere in the world include the fastest super computer in Europe, major historical archives, a wind tunnel complex and a flight simulator.
  • The university is also home to 2 of the UK's leading arts organisations; Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) and Turner Sims, as well as a number of galleries, and it is part of a new arts complex in Southampton city centre.

Disability Services

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

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union hosts events including live music gigs, student balls, cultural festivals, international nights, comedy and quiz nights and karaoke, and has over 300 student groups, sports clubs and societies.
  • It also includes 4 bars, a cafe, shops, a 330-seat cinema, fitness facilities and a regular market.
  • The union runs its own radio station (SURGE radio), student newspaper (Wessex Scene), entertainment magazine (The Edge) and a TV station (SUSUtv) with latest industry-standard equipment and is run entirely by student DJs, journalists and directors.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Based on the main Highfield Campus, the university's Temp Bank helps students find part-time temporary work within the university, designed to accommodate student timetables.
  • The university's careers service arranges placements and internships with business partners.

Careers Guidance

  • The university offers career mentoring, information, specialist advice and guidance, on a 1-to-1 basis; students can also benefit from advice from former graduates through alumni career panel events.
  • A Career Mentoring programme helps students with the transition into work after graduation.
  • There are opportunities for work placements, internships and volunteer roles through the university's commercial partnerships, as well as global ethical enterprise schemes such as Enactus.
  • Students can network with top employers at university careers fairs and employer-led workshops; there are 4 annual careers fairs featuring around 300 employers and over 115 employer-led events on campus.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 70%
  • Postgraduate 30%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 71%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%


  • 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.
  • It received its Royal Charter to award degrees and became the University of Southampton in April 1952.

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).
  • 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
SO17 1BJ
UCAS Code S27