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With over 100 years of heritage at its Highfield Campus alone, the University of Southampton prides itself on its history and tradition, commitment to prestige, and student success.
The university is one of the original institutions that founded the UK’s Russell Group of prestigious, research-focused universities. Southampton is now ranked among the top 15 universities in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022, and has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize three times.
The university is structured as five distinct campuses located across the cities of Southampton and Winchester in the UK, alongside one engineering-focused campus in Malaysia. Each campus is known for its particular character and community, alongside cutting-edge facilities and world leading specialisms.
Southampton is a research-focused university, with 97% of its research work and outputs being evaluated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” in the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014. This global standing is underpinned by outstanding facilities which empower students to strive for innovative and challenging research – including 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:
“Fantastic! University of Southampton is an amazing place to study and get experience. Teachers are very supportive and Student's Union has a variety of clubs and societies.”
“Really enjoyed it, lectures are good, course is interesting.”
“Amazing as I met lots of friends during my life here, learnt so many new things here, uni provided so many great opportunities to explore the city, the academic stuff and even work.”
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 or 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 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.