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University of Southampton


Hartley Institution

The arrival of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston for the opening of the Hartley Institute on 15 October 1862 The University of Southampton has its origin as the Hartley Institution which was formed in 1862 from a benefaction by Henry Robinson Hartley (1777–1850). Hartley had inherited a fortune from two generations of successful wine merchants. At his death in 1850, he left a bequest of £103,000 to the Southampton Corporation for the study and advancement of the sciences in his property on Southampton's High Street, in the city center.

University College

In 1902, the Hartley College became the Hartley University college, a degree awarding branch of the University of London. This was after inspection of the teaching and finances by the University College Grants Committee, and donations from Council members (including William Darwin the then Treasurer).

An increase in student numbers in the following years motivated fundraising efforts to move the college to greenfield land around Back Lane (now University Road) in the Highfield area of Southampton. On 20 June 1914, Viscount Haldane opened the new site of the renamed Southampton University College. However, the outbreak of the First World War six weeks later meant no lectures could take place there, as the buildings were handed over by the college authorities for use as a military hospital. To cope with the volume of casualties, wooden huts were erected at the rear of the building.


On 29 April 1952, Queen Elizabeth II granted the University of Southampton a Royal Charter, the first to be given to a university during her reign, which enabled it to award degrees. Six faculties were created: Arts, Science, Engineering, Economics, Education, and Law. The first University of Southampton degrees were awarded on 4 July 1953, following the appointment of the Duke of Wellington as Chancellor of the university.

Student and staff numbers grew throughout the next couple of decades as a response to the Robbins Report. The campus also grew significantly, when in July 1961 the university was given the approval to acquire some 200 houses on or near the campus by the Borough Council. In addition, more faculties and departments were founded, including Medicine and Oceanography (despite the discouragement of Sir John Wolfenden, the chairman of the University Grants Committee). Student accommodation was expanded throughout the 1960s and 1970s with the acquisition of Chilworth manor and new buildings at the Glen Eyre and Montefiore complexes.

Important Facts

Our world-class facilities make Southampton one of the UK's best universities for research and study.

Top-class facilities that support our world-leading research

We invest millions in the development of our research facilities to ensure that our staff, students, and collaborators have the very best equipment to help them in their work.

Our dedication to continually updating and improving our facilities means that we have high-quality equipment in every subject area of the University. Indeed, we currently have some of the best resources in the world for several subjects including oceanography, sound and vibration research, electronics and computer science, and many specialist aspects of engineering and clinical research.


We collaborate with many other research institutions and universities to ensure that our researchers have access to the very best unique facilities in the world. For instance, our astrophysicists work with researchers at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) to design new experiments to detect dark matter and antimatter.

In addition to our collaboration, we also developed an innovative system based on our successful Open Data service to facilitate the sharing of research facilities and high-value equipment between and within UK universities.

Ranking / Awards

Our latest rankings in the three main UK university league tables are:

  • 15th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021; ranked 1st in the UK for physiotherapy, with a further 14 subjects in the top 10.
  • 17th in The Complete University Guide 2021, 1st for Physiotherapy with 14 additional subject areas in the top 10
  • 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2021, with the number one rankings for Civil Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering and 6 of our subject areas in the top 10.


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  • Ranking: 90
  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus


Annual Cost of living 9207 GBP /year
Average Annual UG Fee 18520 GBP
Average Annual PG Fee 19850 GBP
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Campus Information

Highfield Campus

Highfield is our oldest and largest campus, located close to Southampton Common. It's the academic heart of our University and home to social events, sports facilities and our Students' Union.

Winchester Campus

Set next to the River Itchen, Winchester Campus is home to our Winchester School of Art (WSA), where students study art, games design, fashion design and other creative courses. Right in the centre of the historic city of Winchester, but nestled in green parkland, the campus is a vibrant hub for over 1,500 students.

Avenue Campus

Our £2.8m Archaeology building has specialist bone, stone, skeleton and ceramic labs for the study of archaeological finds, as well as seminar and research rooms. Built with sustainability in mind, it uses mostly natural ventilation and underfloor heating. The glass entrance atrium features a 2.5 metre high sandstone megalith sculpture by the British artist Gary Breeze.

Waterfront Campus

Located on the dockside in the south of the city, Waterfront Campus is based at The National Oceanography Centre Southampton. Our ocean and earth sciences courses are all based here.

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Located near the green spaces of Southampton Common, Boldrewood Campus is our newest campus. It’s home to our engineering and maritime engineering courses and has a number of world-class testing and research laboratories.

Southampton General Hospital

As a medical student the majority of your learning will take place at our Southampton General Hospital Campus. Our lecture theatres, research labs and practice rooms are located in the South Academic Block of this large teaching hospital. The hospital is to the north of the city centre, with great transport links to all parts of the city.

Programs Offered


Business Analytics and Management Science (MSc)

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Cyber Security (MSc)

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Data Science (MSc)

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