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Study your postgraduate degree at the University of Southampton, a university ranked in the UK top 20* and the global top 100**. As a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, your education will be informed by research as it unfolds.

You’ll be joining a lively, international community of over 7,000 postgraduate students, and studying in one of the South Coast’s most vibrant and cultural cities. Southampton is ranked as the third best place to live and work in the UK in the Good Growth for Cities 2018 report***.

*The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 **QS World University Rankings, 2020 *** Good growth for Cities Index, 2018, DEMOS-PwC.

Postgraduate study

There are many reasons to choose postgraduate study; perhaps you want to pursue your passion for your subject, take the next step towards employment or build the specific skills and knowledge you need in your career. Whatever your goals are, we provide a welcoming and supportive environment to help you get there.

Specialise in your chosen area of study

At Southampton, you can choose from over 200 taught programmes and 90 research groups, in a range of disciplines:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences.

Stand out in the global jobs market

The University of Southampton is in the top 20 UK universities targeted by the largest number of top employers.****

You will have the chance to work on projects with a real-world impact – we work in collaboration with global businesses including Rolls-Royce, Lloyd’s Register, Formula 1 and PwC. Our taught courses also offer opportunities such as placements, field trips and exchanges, giving you valuable hands-on experience. We will support you in building your profile as a researcher – from writing research papers and enhancing your presentation skills, to applying for funding to attend international conferences and research visits.

****The Graduate Market in 2019

Bursaries and scholarships

We offer a wide range of postgraduate scholarships and bursaries, which are awarded by individual academic units. Contact the postgraduate admissions tutor in the relevant academic unit to find out more.

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Fund awards up to 100 scholarships to the best applicants each year. This is open to students of all disciplines and countries of origin.


From helping people to hear and cracking cybercrime, to fighting cancer and creating a better film industry for women, our research is changing the world. You’ll be working alongside our experts and contributing to this life-changing research.

Our research funding exceeds 100m per year, and we’re part of the Science and Engineering South Consortium, the most powerful cluster of research-intensive universities in the UK.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 97 per cent of our research environment was assessed as world leading and internationally excellent. Our specialist research facilities include:

  • mechanical workshop
  • film laboratories
  • music studios and rehearsal rooms
  • flight simulator and a wind tunnel
  • £120m Cleanroom Complex
  • 138m towing tank
  • one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world
  • research vessels
  • clinical academic research facility
  • over ten specialist libraries.

Our on-campus leisure facilities include:

  • a student-run cinema
  • coffee shops, food outlets and bars
  • a state-of-the-art gym and sports complex, complete with a 25m swimming pool, exercise machines and running tracks
  • cultural venues, including the award-winning Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Turner Sims Southampton
  • University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU), home to over 300 societies and clubs, support resources and more.


Visit the University of Southampton website for a complete A-Z listing of the postgrad courses available at Southampton.

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