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The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions nationally.
The University of Southampton has seven campuses found in the cities of Southampton and Winchester, in addition to one in Malaysia. Each campus has its distinct academic focus, specialist equipment and scholarly community.
Southampton is a research-focused university, with 92% of its research work and outputs being evaluated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” in the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2021. This global standing is underpinned by outstanding facilities which empower students to strive for innovative and challenging research – including state of the art laboratories, the Financial Laboratory, a supercomputer, unique archives, a Cleanroom Complex costing £120m, research vessels to enable marine work and a flight simulator.
Students from Southampton have gone on to work with graduate employers like Deloitte, Rolls-Royce, IBM, the NHS, Marwell Wildlife and BAE Systems.
University of Southampton students on Postgraduate Search say:
“My experience as a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton has been great. I have grown professionally and personally.”
“The university welcomes you with a warm heart”
“Amazing university with a homely feel”
Students can choose from several options for postgraduate study.
A taught postgraduate course is usually in the form of a master’s degree, and this could be delivered as an MA or an MSc. It typically runs for 12 months, and students will go to classes during the first two terms before finishing the year by completing a dissertation or piece of research.
Students can also study a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma.
It is also possible to complete an MRes, a research master’s degree. These are typically 12-month courses similar to a taught master’s but involve more independent research time and less time spent in the classroom.
Students are also able to complete other postgraduate research degrees including MPhils and PhDs. These programmes are comprised of thorough, detailed research projects which are supervised by academic staff. These courses give students the chance to investigate a particular topic or area of specialism and produce a final thesis which forms a meaningful and original addition to the student’s chosen field of research.