University of Southampton

United Kingdom
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Top 10% in international outlook in 2016
Top 20% in research in 2016
Top 20% in citations in 2016

Key Statistics

  • 20,925
  • 13.5
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 29%
    International Students
  • 53 : 47
    Female:Male Ratio


The University of Southampton is a forward-thinking institution that aspires to change the world for the better. Through education, research, innovation and enterprise, we provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. We are ranked among the top one per cent of global universities (QS University World Rankings 2013-14) and have an annual turnover in excess of £435m.

With over 23,000 students, 7,055 of which are from overseas, and around 5,500 staff, the University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning. As a founder member of the Russell Group of 24 major research-intensive universities of the UK, we offer a high-calibre study environment.

Southampton is among the top 10 per cent of UK universities for attracting research funding, with over £100m received in 2012/13 alone. Our interdisciplinary approach brings world-class researchers from across the University together to address global challenges such as climate change, global health, hi-tech crime and our ageing population, crossing the boundaries that traditionally separate subject areas to pioneer innovative solutions.

With a global reputation for linking fundamental research with real-world applications, Southampton is home to cutting-edge research centres and facilities, including the National Oceanography Centre Southampton; the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research; the Optoelectronics Research Centre; the Institute for Life Sciences; the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing; the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, and many more.

We are part of a small group of global universities revolutionising university education: our undergraduates have the opportunity to personalise their degrees by choosing modules from other disciplines, giving them greater choice and opportunity to prepare them for life-changing careers in the 21st century. Our students learn from researchers at the cutting edge of their fields about the latest world-changing research as it happens. With access to some of the best research facilities and equipment in the world, from super computers and wind tunnels to major historical archives and a concert hall, they will have a competitive technical edge. Our challenging programmes encourage the critical thinking and independent learning that are essential for the next generation of leaders and decision makers.

With three of the UK’s leading arts venues located on our main Southampton campus, and the Winchester Gallery based at our Winchester campus, we provide an enriching environment for students, staff and the local community. The John Hansard Gallery enjoys a worldwide reputation for exciting and innovative shows by leading UK and international artists; The Nuffield Theatre, recognised as a major force in British theatre, creates award-winning productions that frequently tour internationally; and the Turner Sims is one of the UK’s leading music venues.

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