The history of the university can be traced back to the mid nineteenth century when Henry Robinson Hartley left a legacy to the Corporation of Southampton which resulted in the foundation of the Hartley Institution in 1862. By 1902 the Institution had developed into the Hartley University College with degrees awarded by the University of London. In 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status.
Today the University is arranged into eight faculties: Business and Law; Engineering and the Environment; Health Sciences; Humanities; Medicine; Natural and Environmental Sciences; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Social and Human Sciences.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee who is famous for the creation of the World Wide Web is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton; the university is pioneering the development of Web Science the study of which aims to provide an understanding of the Web as a social and technical phenomenon.
All halls of residence are located within walking distance of the main Highfield campus, sports facilities and social centers. There are good public transport links and student bus services. The main campus is approximately 3 miles from Southampton city centre.
University of Southampton is ranked 122nd in the Times Higher Education rankings, it is also ranked between 101-150 in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Southampton is a member of the Russell Group of universities.
University of Southampton is ranked 76th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction survey.
Southampton has approximately 5,000 international students from over 130 countries studying at the university. The represents about 21% of all students.
Southampton has a total of approximately 24,000 students, 17,000 are undergraduates and 7,000 are postgraduates.
92.9% of Southampton university graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
University of Southampton has more than 280 affiliated societies and clubs for students to join, including: Aikido; Quidditch; Caving; Film and Pottery. Highfield Campus houses three art venues which are supported by both the University and Arts Council England.
Sport is well catered across various sites with a 170 station fitness suite; 25-m swimming pool; two sports halls with badminton, tennis, netball, volleyball, basketball and squash courts. Students can also participate in martial arts, archery, rifle shooting, indoor climbing.
On campus are two NHS practices, a creche, banks and The Student Union complex offering a cafe, a hair and beauty salon, a cinema and a mini-mart.
Southampton has more than 20 Halls of Residence and guarantees a room for first year undergraduates.
The lowest cost for a single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchen is £92.33 per week. An example cost for catered accommodation is £141.75 at Wessex Lane.
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £17,065 for subjects such as Accounting & Finance, rising to £18,910 for subjects such as Civil Engineering and and up to £18,910 for years 1 and 2 and £40,230 for years 3, 4 and 5 to study Medicine.
International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £15,920 for 20th & 21st Century Literature rising to £19,570 for subjects such as Bioengineering and up to £23,500 for Business Administration.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
- Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
The University offers a number of distance learning courses including MSc Gerontology, LLM in IT and Telecoms Law, Royal Statistical Society programmes.
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