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The University of Southampton
Southampton is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of of elite British universities. In the 2014 REF it was ranked 8th for research intensity, and has one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain. It is also regularly highly ranked for its teaching and learning activities, as well as consistantly ranking in the top 100 universities in the world.
The city of Southampton is one of the most lively and dynamic cities in the south of England. Approximately 30 minutes’ walk from Highfield Campus, it offers a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions, bustling marinas, beautiful parks and great places to eat and drink.
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Southampton’s origins lie in the Hartley Institution (1862), built out of a donation from Henry Robinson Hartley, a wine merchant, developed for the study and advancement of science.
By 1914, it had been renamed as Southampton University College, a degree awarding branch of the University of London and moved to its current location due to an increasing number of students. The First World War broke out soon after and the University was used as a military hospital, with lectures cancelled.
In 1952 it was granted a Royal Charter with the 7th Duke of Wellington as Chancellor, and the University has continued to grow significantly. The University celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002 and by this time Southampton had research income that represented over half of the total income, which remains one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities of British Universities.
The University is based around five campuses in Southampton, one in Winchester and one in Malaysia.
- it the main campus and caters for most academic courses, incorporating state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, whilst being home to SUSU and the Jubilee Sports Centre. It houses a plethora of cafes and restaurants, a bookshop, banks, a weekly outdoor market, and the healthcare services. The Campus is surrounded by spacious landscaped gardens, near Southampton Common and The Hawthorns Wildlife Centre. The campus is also home to three internationally renowned arts venues: The John Hansard Gallery, The Turner Sims concert hall, and The Nuffield Theatre.
Highfield is a 10-minute walk from the vibrant Portswood area of Southampton, with its wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, plus a large superstore.
- Just a few minutes walk from Highfield, Avenue Campus is the humanities campus with its own library, lecture theatres and and catering facilities, as well as the state-of-the-art £3m Archaeology building. It is also home to the Centre for Language Study, which offers you a wide range of language courses.
- The new £116m Boldrewood Campus is home to the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute. It draws on the University’s expertise in ship science along with other disciplines, such as ocean science, law and business, to form a nexus of excellence, bringing together industry, teaching and research.
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
- The waterfront campus is one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of ocean and Earth sciences, with unique facilities including: three research vessels; 200m of access to the waterfront, an ideal operational base for the UK’s fleet of deep-sea research vessels and associated equipment; over 150 laboratories, ranging from large teaching labs to dedicated technical and research facilities; and the UK’s most extensive collection of oceanographic literature and one of the largest marine science libraries in Europe.
Southampton General Hospital
- One of the UK's leading teaching hospitals, Southampton General Hospital is the base for the study of medicine. A large number of specialist services are located here, from neurosciences and oncology to pathology and cardiology.
Winchester School of Art
- Founded in 1863, Winchester School of Art is based 12 miles north of Southampton in the historic city of Winchester. Its purpose-designed buildings include specialist art and design studios, workshops, a library with special collections and Students’ Union facilities.
- Located in Iskandar in southern Johor, minutes away from Singapore, the Malaysia Campus offers split degrees in astronautics and aeronautics, mechanical engineering,and electronics and electrical engineering (two years in Malaysia and two years in the UK). There is a wide range of facilities and services, such as cafes and restaurants, sports facilities and accommodation.
- Faculty of Business & Law
- Faculty of Engineering & the Environment
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Natural & Environment Sciences
- Faculty of Physical & Applied Sciences
- Faculty of Social & Human Sciences
The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK and its research played an important part in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The University has a number of research centres including: The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) which laid the foundations for the internet as part of its research into fibre optics; the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics which frequently undertakes consultancy work; and The South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (part of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) which was established in 1990 to help deaf children and adults.
The University of Southampton joined the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES-5) on 9 May 2013. SES-5 was created to pool the collective insights and resources of the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London to innovate and explore new ideas through collaboration whilst providing efficiencies of scale and shared utilisation of facilities. This is the most powerful cluster of research intensive universities in the UK and the new consortium is to become one of the world's leading hubs for science and engineering research.
In the 2014 REF over 97% of the University's research environment was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent while nearly 90% of its research was rated as having world-leading or internationally sxcellent impact. It performed especially well in Music, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and General Engineering, coming top in the UK on the basis of the quality of its research. It also ranked top five nationally in Ocean and Earth Science; Nursing an Allied Health Professions; History; Modern Languages; and Social Policy.
International & Industrial Opportunities
Southampton currently has Erasmus links across 24 countries, and can offer students studying in 36 different academic disciplines the opportunity to spend a period of study in Europe as part of their undergraduate degree.
Students are also able to go abroad internationally as part of their University of Southampton degree. Countries where students can study include Austalia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.
Currently, the University’s Modern Languages students can participate in Erasmus work placements as part of their year abroad.
Fees & Finance
Southampton offer a variety of scholarships and progression awards to the most talented students across all subject areas. The Southampton Merit Scholarship, worth a minimum of £1,000 are awarded to the highest achieving first-year entry students across all faculties.
Southampton has five libraries located across their campuses and they hold approximately 3 million books and journals, as well as approximately 50,000 e-books. The Hartley Library has a number of study areas, including a language study area and study rooms equipped with computers. The National Oceanographic Library is the UK’s most extensive collection of oceanographic literature and one of the largest marine science libraries in Europe. There are also a number of other specialist libraries. There are around 2,000 computer workstations around the campus.
There is a wide range of on-line learning resources, including specialised materials to complement lectures and seminars, and forums where students can speak to experts or their classmates.
The Tesseract Room consists of group and individual study cubicles, a presentation area with interactive touch-screen technology, and an exhibition area to promote the sharing and communication of knowledge and ideas.
The Centre for Language Study has courses and resources in languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish. The Language Resources Centre has an extensive selection of publications, self-access materials, tutorials, audio-visual learning resources, reference materials and the latest multimedia software.
The University’s Academic Skills guides provide access to material that aids students’ transition to university study, and topics include research, essay writing, and exams.
The Jubilee Sports Centre is the University’s state-of-the-art £8.5 million complex located on the Highfield Campus. It includes a swimming pool, 140 fitness station gym, and sports hall for badminton, netball, volleyball and basketball. Other indoor sports facilities on the Highfield Campus include four squash courts, a martial arts studio, dance studios and a further sports hall for football, cricket and frisbee.
The University’s outdoor facilities are located in the Wide Lane Sports Ground and consist of a £4.3 million redeveloped 76-acre site just outside Southampton. The facilities include two floodlit synthetic turf pitches for hockey and football, eight floodlit tennis courts, and grass pitches for a variety of sports.
The University also runs watersports and sailing courses from the University boatyard on the River Itchen.
The Southampton Sports Bursary Scheme allows students who excel in sports the ability to develop their sporting potential.
Students can also get involved in the Government’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which provides funding to elite athletes aged 19-25 who study at a UK university.
The Students Union has around 180 societies and 78 sport clubs - including everything from Archaeology to Yoga and Aikido to Windsurfing. Facilities at the Highfield Campus include The Cafe, which serves hot and cold food, drinks and snacks throughout the day;The Cube, a 1,7000 capacity nightclub; The Shop, stocking groceries and stationary; a bistro bar The Bridge; a student pub The Stag’s which shows live sport and hosts karaoke and live music events; and Union Films, a 330-seat cinema. Some halls also have their own bars, while there is also a Students’ Union at Winchester School of Art.
The Artspass gives students discounts on music, theatre and art at the University.
Media opportunities include an entertainment magazine, student radio, student TV, an on-line news site and monthly publications.
Religion & Spirituality
The Chaplaincy Centre provides space for regular services and private prayer. May student-led groups of different faiths use the centre and a separate Muslim prayer room is located on the main campus. The chaplains organise a programme of events, regular meetings and occasional weekend conferences, as well as providing opportunities for voluntary work. Information is also provided about places of local worship for all faiths.
Health & Wellbeing
The University has two health practices based at the Highfield Campus which provide a full range of health care services. There is also a dental surgery on the Highfield Campus.
The University Counselling Service offers individual counselling; group work with a programme of topics including ‘Settling in to University Life,’ ‘Feeling Blue’ and ‘Self-Esteem;’ training and talks with subjects including stress management and communication skills; and consultancy to students who might be concerned about the well-being of another member of the University.
Disability Support provides support, information and advice tailored to meet individual needs. The Disability Support Team provides support for students who have a disability or health condition including a sensory impairment, mental health difficulty, mobility impairment, physical disability, autistic spectrum disorder, and any other condition which has a long-term and adverse effect on studying.
The Careers Office helps students through a number of different avenues including Enhancing Teamwork Competencies which aims to enable students to be more self-aware and confident in communicating their competencies to employers; professional practice workshops with guest speakers to provide insights into subjects such as pricing, promotion and website design in developing an art-related business; targeted information on the career planning process relevant to subjects or chosen professions such as careers fairs with relevant graduate recruiters and employer networking events; traditional CV and career guidance sessions, and professional preparation for job application and recruitment processes.
The Graduate Passport records the achievements of students through activities including volunteering, enterprise, and citizenship.
There are a number of volunteering opportunities from a few days to a regular weekly commitment. There are also opportunities to volunteer abroad or set up your own volunteering project.
Student Enterprise aims to encourage, foster and build capability in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking through presentations, workshops and events. Students can also get involved in the Entrepreneurs Society, Fish on Toast, which provides regular sessions to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and equip members with the necessary skills, contacts and resources. Sessions range from successful entrepreneurs sharing their top tips to interactive workshops designed to help spark ideas. The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) project team is a University supported initiative, which is part of a global competition. The SIFE student team works locally, nationally and internationally to deliver projects that create new business opportunities for people and communities all over the world.
Catered and self-catered
Catered (per week)
Self-catered (per week)
Southampton is one of the largest providers of university accommodation with over 6,500 where there is something to suit everyone. In addition to their 20 halls of residence, they now offer 1,460 in two brand new accommodation complexes. You can choose fromeither self-catered halls which offer well-equipped communal kitchens, or part-catered accommodation where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning and a main meal later in the day.
Accommodation prices include utility bills, internet, contents insurance and a unilink bus pass which connects you to all Southampton halls and campuses. Facilities include common rooms, bars, laundrettes, study and social space and barbecue areas. There is also 24-hour advice and support on hand from residences staff and 24-hour security.
After the first year, you will also have the opportunity to apply for continuing years in halls, although this cannot always be guaranteed.
There are a number of scholarships offered depending on the student's department. Please see Southampton International Scholarships for more details.
English Language Requirements
|IELTS||6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component|
|TOEFL iBT||no less than 92|
Please note that some courses may have higher English language entry requirements. It is essential for the student to contact the International Office or relevant Faculty for guidance.
Southampton runs a Meet and Greet Service from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. They also run a Welcome Programme put together by the International Office, Students’ Union and Student Services to help new international students settle into university and UK life. Events include ‘Settling in: making sense of British Culture,’ ‘A guide to banking in the UK’ and ‘What to do and see in Southampton and the UK'.