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Solent University

4.4 out of 5 (26 ratings / 21 reviews) Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Through a global network of industry contacts, first-class facilities and an innovative blend of specialised knowledge and real-world experience, Southampton Solent University gives you the tools you need to take your career higher.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (18)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The university's origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1856, which eventually became the Southampton College of Art. Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology, and later the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, led to the establishment of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1984.


Southampton Solent University is more than just a university – it’s an active part of the wider world. Through our global network of industry contacts and an innovative blend of specialised knowledge and real-world experience, we give our students the tools they need to forge their own success story.

Southampton Solent University offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Foundation degrees, together with a wide variety of taught and research postgraduate degrees, professional education and short courses:
  • Undergraduate studies
  • Postgraduate studies
  • English language programmes
  • Study Abroad and Erasmus


Southampton Solent University has created an enabling environment for research and innovation among the researchers, scholars and learners here on campus. Research-informed teaching is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning.

Researchers work to build a cycle of learning and growth by relating their research to practice, to the wider community and to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The growth of communities of practice based on current research is supported through the research and innovation hubs, which bring the strengths of the University together within core groups.


Southampton Solent University is home to 11,000 full-time students studying a range of different creative, technical and academic subjects. From product design and public relations to business management and broadcasting technology, Solent's unique industry-focused degrees have been helping students to make their ambition a reality for over 10 years.

Our friendly employability advisers can help you find parttime and relevant work during your time at Southampton Solent University. They offer one-to-one meetings, a variety of workshops and excellent online resources to support your job search.

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Student services

From the moment you decide to enquire about studying at our university, the international recruitment office will become your primary contact. The expertise of our international recruitment team will help you in deciding which is the most appropriate course for you and will guide you through the application process and other relevant matters until the commencement of your studies at the University.

Services we offer our students:
  • Language Centre
  • International advice team
  • The Student Hub
  • Students' Union
  • Library
  • IT resources
  • myCourse (your personal online learning space)
  • Solent Sport
  • Succeed@Solent

Housing services

Student accommodation is more than just a roof over your head – the place you live can have a real impact on how well you settle into university life. With six halls of residence and established links with the private rental sector, our dedicated accommodation service are here to make sure that every Solent student is happy and safe within their home.

Solent’s six student residences cater to a range of requirements and are great places to work, relax and meet new friends. The majority of University-owned accommodation is reserved for first-year students, but there are also provisions for returning students, postgraduates, officer cadets and summer students. 

Library services

The library and learning services (LLS) aim to provide resources, services and expertise which will support the University’s staff and students in their teaching, learning and research.

You can expect from us a pleasant and welcoming environment where you can study and work individually and in groups and access to a range of services and resources that are relevant to your learning and research.

ICT services

Access to the internet at Student Residences is via WiFi, provided by StudentCom. StudentCom is the exclusive provider of broadband services in Southampton Solent University student residences.

All resident students will have up to 40mb broadband access FREE of charge. Other broadband options are available at additional cost if required.

Medical services

Throughout the academic year, the counselling service runs a variety of free workshops and groups, to help students with specific issues. If you are an international student from outside the EU/EEA and you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) you are entitled to full health care from the beginning of your stay in the UK on the same basis as UK residents.

Student Life

Campus life

Here at Southampton Solent University, our state of the art resources, easy access to student support and flexible study spaces ensure that students can make the most out of their time on campus.

What you can find on campus:

  • The Dock, the main food court, offering everything from quick snacks to full meals and all-day breakfasts.
  • The Student Hub, for counselling, funding advice and chaplaincy
  • The C-Store, the on-campus convenience store
  • Health and fitness Centres
  • The Mountbatten Library
  • Sport facilities
  • IT resource centres
  • Southampton’s city centre parks
  • Costa Coffee, with a selection of coffees, soft drinks and hot snacks are available all day
  • comfortable spaces to relax, socialise and study.

Sports facilities

Here at Solent Sport, we’re committed to providing the best sporting opportunities for Solent University students and staff, and the local community.

Activities include recreational and competitive sports; coach education courses; awareness campaigns and support for talented athletes through our High Performance Academy.

Excellent facilities sit at the centre of almost everything we do. State-of-the-art football venues, teaching gyms, sport science labs and indoor pitches are just a few of the resources available to students.

Clubs on Campus:

  • Cheerleading and dance
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Equestrian
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Sub-aqua
  • Surf
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • etc.

Student clubs

The Students’ Union is an organisation that seeks to enrich your student experience and open doors of opportunity throughout your life at university. It is independent of the University and is run for students by students.

It is also a registered charity and as a Solent student, you’re automatically a member.

We have a great bar, café and shop but also we are here to support you throughout your university experience. We offer advice, support, representation, events, societies, sports clubs, work experience and volunteering opportunities.

Every year in February, we run elections across the whole student body. Any student can run for any position and all students can vote.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great university city.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great university with unique study programme and fantastic lecturers!

Its a great university! Very good experience.
ewelina singh rated 4 out of 5 stars

I like my current university. But I wish my study was more development related as that's what I enjoy most!

Southampton, England, United Kingdom