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Solent University

Solent University is home to around 12,800 staff and students, with more than 200 qualifications ranging from HNDs to PhDs. We have recently been awarded TEF Silver in recognition of our excellent teaching. 

We always put students first, so you'll be welcomed and supported from the very start. Our lively campus community is home to over 100 different nationalities and a massive range of sports and societies. And beyond our walls, there's the vibrant city of Southampton – one of the south coast's biggest and brightest cities.

As an international university with over 160 years of history, when we talk about “real-world” learning, we mean it. We have everything you need to prepare for and build a fantastic future – the latest knowledge, essential practical and professional skills, superb industry contacts and cutting-edge facilities. £100m investment will be made to the campus by 2020, and our stunning £33m Spark building has recently opened.

The main campus is situated in the city centre, but is also close to the sea, there are plenty of parks nearby, and it’s just an hour by train from London too. 

We offer practical and professional courses in a wide range of subject areas: 

  • Architecture and construction
  • Art and design 
  • Business and finance 
  • Computing and games 
  • Engineering 
  • English and journalism 
  • Fashion 
  • Health and psychology 
  • Law and criminology 
  • Maritime 
  • Marketing, communications and public relations 
  • Music and performance 
  • Sport and fitness 
  • Travel and tourism 
  • TV, film and media technology

LIFE IN SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton is one of the south coast’s most vibrant cities – and Solent puts you right in the heart of it. There is something for everyone. Beautiful city centre parks, an electric night-time economy and a thriving arts and music scene all meet to offer residents something truly unique.

Moving away from West Quay (one of the UK’s largest shopping centres) and towards the waterfront, you’ll find a hub of independent eateries, venues and stores. At the other end of the city is Bedford Place, the centre of the city’s night-life and home to a huge range of pubs and clubs.

It’s a short trip to the famous beaches of Bournemouth or the ancient streets of Winchester. Southampton Airport is your ideal ticket to the rest of the UK or even Europe. And of course, London is just a short train ride away – the perfect day-trip.

FACILITIES

We’re focused on giving you access to cutting-edge facilitieswith the latest tools and equipment – whatever course you’re studying.

  • A digital student-run 3D cinemawith Dolby Atmos audio
  • FA-accredited sports facilities including our multimillion-pound Test Park sports ground, with a floodlit football stadium, a full-size, all-weather 3G sports pitch and half a dozen other pitches.
  • A fully equipped outside broadcast vehicleused by Solent students to broadcast live from events such as the Glastonbury Festival, and package up footage for international broadcasters like the BBC.
  • A well-stocked library with flexible opening hours.
  • A 60-metre hydrodynamic testing tankthat provides professional testing facilities for watercraft design, temperature controlled-composite materials lab, 3D scanning and printing facilities, and a dedicated design suite.
  • £1 million music recording studios
  • A multi-function performance space and HD TV studio - one of the biggest HD studios in the south of England. Plus two fully equipped HD TV studios, eight radio studios and ten audio recording studiosphotography, animation and green-screen studios; specialist fashion, hair and make-up studios; and a professional-grade newsroom.
  • £1.3 million hi-tech sport science laboratories, including purpose-built labs for biomechanics,nutritionand psychology, and a BASES-accredited physiology lab. Data collection software, motion capture, eye-tracking, reaction timers, force transducers and more.
  • Our stunning Sparkbuilding, the centrepiece of our campus, wrapping five storeys of bright, innovative and accessible teaching spaces around a spectacular central atrium – including the eye-catching Pod, a unique elevated lecture room with an open-topped viewing platform. 
  • Our new sports building, due to open in summer 2019, adding two new sports halls, three fitness studios, a health and wellbeing gym, a strength and conditioning gym and further high-quality teaching facilities to the campus.
  • We are investing £43 million in maritime facilities, including a new £6 million campus for officer cadet tuition that opened in 2017. And work has also started on a cutting-edge new simulation centre in our main campus, expected to open in summer 2019.  

REASONS TO CHOOSE SOLENT

  • Awarded TEF Silver in recognition of the University’s excellent teaching
  • Rated five stars by the QS World Rankings for Teaching and Inclusiveness
  • 95.2% of our graduates in employment or further study six months after leaving - DLHE survey 2017
  • Ranked 12th in UK for boosting graduate earnings – The Economist, 2017
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for graduate business start-ups – HE-BCI survey 2016/17
  • One of the top 100 fashion schools in the world - CEOWORLD, 2016

Please contact one of our UK Study Experts to find out more about studying at Solent University.

Student populationaround 10,000 

Number of international students: around 1,500 

City populationover 255,000

Date of establishmentFounded 1856

Location: Southampton, South East of England

Closest airports: Southampton Airport, Bournemouth Airport, Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted, Luton (London airports)

Areas of expertise: Art, design, fashion, maritime, yacht design and football

Centres for Excellence: Our Warsash Maritime Academy is one of the world's leading providers of marine industry education, training courses, research and consultancy. We are a leader in football-related study (The Times Good University Guide) and home to the internationally renownedLawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

Costs of Tuition per year:

Full-time undergraduate fees for the 2018/19 academic year are as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree: £12,500
  • Foundation Year/Certificate: £11,000
  • Higher National Diplomas/Certificates (HND/HNC): £11,000 (exam registration fees may apply)

Full-time postgraduate fees for the 2018/19 academic year are as follows:

  • MA: £12,500 
  • MSc: £13,500
  • MBA: £15,000
  • Full-time postgraduate research: £12,500

Accommodation cost: from £105 per week 

Estimated Living costs: £800 per month. 

New Partner in England

Across the Pond is pleased to welcome Solent University as a partner!

Solent continues to climb the league tables

Solent University has climbed a further 15 places in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and is now ranked 85 out of 132 institutions.

The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide league table ranks universities using measures including: graduate prospects;  teaching excellence, student satisfaction and completion rate.

Strong performances in the 'Teaching Quality', 'Student/staff ratio', 'Student experience' and 'Services/facilities spend' measures had a particularly positive influence on the University’s overall performance this year.

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