University of Southampton

United Kingdom


The University of Southampton dates back to the Hartley Institution which opened in 1862 and was aimed at the city’s intellectual elite. It expanded over the years before becoming the first university to gain a royal charter from Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 two months into her reign. It’s a founding member of the Russell Group and has more than 22,000 students, including 6,500 international students from 135 countries.

It is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide at 77th in the QS World University Rankings 2022. It’s also in the top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide and The Guardian University Guide. The University of Southampton is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.

Popular Courses

View All



92% of its research is world leading or internationally excellent, which assessed the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Over 97% of its research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent. The university is in the top 10% of UK universities and fourth in the Russell Group for impact demonstrating the real-world benefit of its research.

The National Student Survey found that 84.7% of Southampton students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 84.5% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course and 85.8% were satisfied with the learning resources provided by the University.

According to the QS World University Rankings, Southampton is in the top 50 globally for Nursing, Statistics & Operational Research and Geology. It is also in the top 100 for courses like Archeology, Earth & Marine Sciences, Geophysics, Medicine and Psychology.


94% of University of Southampton graduates enter employment or further study according to the 2020 Complete University Guide. Its Career Hub is an online platform which gives all students and graduates access to hundreds of online employability e-learning courses. It also offers an artificial intelligence-based CV review tool and interactive mock interview simulator with feedback from real employers. Graduates can access support like events, workshops, careers fairs, internships, mentoring and enterprise opportunities for up to a year after graduation. 1-2-1 guidance appointments are available for up to 5 years after graduation.


The University of Southampton acceptance rate is 84%.



by QS


by THE