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Discover a new world of learning

University is a world of excitement, challenge, opportunity and new experiences - and that includes the teaching and learning.

Lectures and seminars are at the heart of most degree courses, and at Southampton you'll be taught by world-renowned experts. But you'll also have independence - time in which to read and research your topics, and to develop the skills that will set you on the path to success.

Our research, from building sustainable cities to bringing the past to life with virtual reality, is changing the world for the better. Much of it feeds back into our course content, so you'll benefit directly from that too.

And our flexible learning options give you the freedom to pursue your interests and grow your knowledge in more than one subject area.

Wherever you are, you're always learning

In and out of the lecture theatre, online and offline... View our slideshow of some of the University's many teaching and learning spaces.

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Lectures are a core feature of most undergraduate degree courses.
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Students at work in our 138-metre towing tank - just one of our many world-class facilities.
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Seminars are a great opportunity for discussion and debate.
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The laboratory is an important part of teaching and learning on many courses.
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We have five modern libraries with more than three million books, many available to view online.

A major new teaching and learning facility has opened on our Highfield Campus in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

The modern seven-floor building, named the Centenary Building to mark 100 years of our Highfield site, features lecture theatres, seminar rooms and a street-level café.

Watch our fly-through video to see how it looks.

Expand your own universe with our flexible degree courses

On many of our undergraduate programmes you can take an optional interdisciplinary module and grow your knowledge in anything from business skills to life in the cosmos.

Where will your interests take you next?

Explore our interdisciplinary module options

Other ways to personalise your degree

Our undergraduate degree courses have flexibility built into them, giving you the chance to grow your knowledge and skills in more than one subject area.

As well as optional interdisciplinary modules, many courses also allow you to choose a Minor subject alongside your main programme.

Minor subjects

Many undergraduate degree courses give you the chance to study a Minor subject alongside your main subject, but in a different area. Subjects you can study as a Minor include everything from Criminology to Creative Writing.

Find out more about Minor subjects

Learn a language

Learning a new language is a great way of exploring the world and other cultures. We offer a wide range of optional language modules, from Spanish to Ancient Greek.

Find out more about our language modules

Throughout Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year, students also have the chance to learn a new language for free through our Southampton Language Opportunity scheme.

Find out more about Southampton Language Opportunity.

Work experience opportunities

Build up invaluable real-world experience by taking advantage of our year in employment scheme with renowned partner organisations.

Find out more about work experience opportunities

The university provides an environment in which you are constantly challenged, intellectually and on a personal level. Southampton has allowed me to explore different interests, from literature to linguistics, on courses taught by incredibly passionate and inspiring staff.

Be taught by experts

Our teaching staff are passionate about their subjects and leaders in their field. We have gained official recognition for our commitment to quality teaching, and several of our lecturers have been made National Teaching Fellows thanks to their outstanding impact.

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies in recognition of our high standards of teaching.

National Teaching Fellows

National Teaching Fellows

Several of our teaching staff have been made National Teaching Fellows for their commitment to quality teaching.

Read our news story
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Teaching Excellence Framework

We have been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework for our high quality teaching, learning and student outcomes.

Read our news story

The power that students have in their pocket in the form of a mobile phone is something we can harness in education. It's essential as educators that we stay at the cutting edge and always look for even newer ways to continue to use that technology to ensure that our students can maximise their potential.

Access support whenever you need it

There's plenty of help available to support your learning needs, as well as world-class facilities  and digitally equipped study spaces designed to help you get the most from your time here.

A brand new learning and teaching building is due to open on our main Highfield Campus in autumn 2018, with features including independent study spaces, a computer suite and a cafe.

Personal Academic Tutor

Every undergraduate student is allocated a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) for one-on-one support and advice throughout their time at Southampton. A Senior Tutor will also be on hand to offer an additional layer of support.

Find out more about Personal Academic Tutors

Academic Skills Hub

Our libraries offer a wide range of support services, including online subject guides and drop-in academic skills sessions.

Find our more about our academic support services

Virtual Learning Environments

Our Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) allow you to log on to the University network and access your study materials wherever you are.

Find out how to get connected

Wellbeing and advice

We have a range of support services designed to help you get the most from your time with us, whether you have specific learning requirements because of a health condition, or are experiencing a crisis that could affect your studies.

Find out about our support and wellbeing services

Learning resources

The University is home to five libraries containing more than three million books, journals and other resources.

Explore our libraries

One of the best things I did was make contact with my Personal Academic Tutor. Just having someone to talk to, who understands what is going on, is fantastic. Having a PAT means you are never alone.

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Grow your study skills

Our range of downloadable skills guides offer a comprehensive guide to everything from lectures and seminars to research and essay-writing.

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Reputation and rankings

Find out more about our world-class reputation, including what our students think about the quality of our teaching and learning.

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How to apply

Read our step-by-step guide on applying to study at Southampton.

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