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The University of Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Students on its postgraduate taught and research courses enjoy an innovative learning experience and contribute to research alongside experts who are changing the world. With a collaborative approach to research and education and strong links with industry, government bodies and charities, graduates have gone on to work with companies including Rolls-Royce, British Airways, Marwell Wildlife, BAE Systems and the NHS.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

7,622 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Domicile

  • UK 45%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 49%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Other 260 805 1070
Nursing 105 735 845
Education 45 700 750
Business & Management Studies 90 640 725
Accounting & Finance 0 580 580
General Engineering 355 5 355
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 185 155 340
Computer Science 155 150 305
Geography & Environmental Science 160 135 295
Psychology 90 110 200
Marketing 0 190 190
Mathematics 85 85 170
Chemistry 145 15 160
Linguistics 30 120 150
Art & Design 25 120 150
Biological Sciences 115 15 135
Law 25 80 105
Civil Engineering 5 105 105
Physics & Astronomy 85 0 85
Geology 70 5 75
Archaeology 45 30 75
History 35 40 75
Physiotherapy 30 40 70
Mechanical Engineering 5 65 65
Communication & Media Studies 15 45 65
Librarianship & Information Management 5 60 60
Economics 15 40 60
Music 25 20 45
Social Policy 20 25 45
Politics 10 30 45
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 5 40 40
Aural & Oral Sciences 5 35 35
English 20 15 35
Sociology 10 25 35
Philosophy 15 5 20
Food Science 0 20 20
Social Work 5 15 20
Creative Writing 0 10 10
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 0 5
Occupational Therapy 0 5 5
Complementary Medicine 5 0 5
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Southampton offers a wide range of postgraduate scholarships and bursaries. Contact the postgraduate admissions team in the relevant school to find out more.
  • The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Fund awards 100 scholarships to the best applicants each year; this is open to students of all backgrounds and countries of origin.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Southampton welcomes applications from UK or EU postgraduate students for a place in halls, which are allocated subject to availability. If the university is unable to offer a place in halls, it can advise students on securing private rented accommodation.