University profile

Southampton Solent University

2017/18 edition

About Southampton Solent University

Whether you want to go further on your current path, or take a completely new direction, Southampton Solent University can help you move forward.

Based in the heart of Southampton on the UK's south coast, Solent is an open, friendly and inclusive university– and it’s an extraordinarily diverse international community, including over 100 nationalities from all across the globe.

As voted by students to be one of the most creative universities in the UK in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, we apply that creativity and passion to a wide- ranging innovative postgraduate degrees in subjects such as the creative industries, business, social sciences, maritime and sport. But don’t take our word for it have a look at what we have to offer here.

First-class facilities

Our students have access to the latest equipment and facilities, including:

  • our own on-campus 3D cinema.
  • high-definition (HD) television studios.
  • a state-of-the-art outside broadcast truck, which students use to broadcast live from Glastonbury festival and other high-profile events.
  • FA-accredited sports facilities and high-tech sport science labs
  • £1 million music recording studios
  • an in-house composites lab
  • a 60-metre towing tank for yacht design and testing

Southampton – heart of the south coast

A vibrant and modern city, Southampton has something to offer everyone. The latest bands, Premier League football and West End theatre productions all come here, while the city’s restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, our main campus and shopping are just minutes apart.

And when you want something different, London, the glorious New Forest and the south coast’s beautiful beaches are all within easy reach.


Our specialist courses

Art, Design and Fashion and Media Arts and Technology
Cutting-edge facilities, professional staff, up-to-the-minute courses and diverse work opportunities make Solent University the ideal place to develop your career in the media and creative industries.

Solent’s dedicated media academy includes three high definition TV studios, one of the biggest HD studios in the south of England, a green-screen studio, high-definition editing facilities and a 3D, 35mm cinema featuring the latest Dolby Atmos surround sound facilities – technology that’s available at only a handful of universities worldwide.

Add to that five fully featured radio and audio recording studios, specialist fashion, hair and make-up studios, and our professional-grade newsroom, photography studio and animation studio, and you’ve got all the tools you could ever need to experiment, create and showcase your work.

Sports, Health and Social Science
A leading provider of health and sport education, Solent’s recognised expertise and cutting-edge facilities have led to consultancy and research partnerships with national, international and Olympic sports organisations.

We have purpose-built labs for biomechanics and psychology, as well as a BASES-accredited physiology lab, giving you access to the tools you need to monitor your subjects – data collection software, motion capture, eye tracking, reaction timers, force transducers and more.

Our Sport and Fitness arm delivers community and school sports, training and physical activity throughout the city – providing wide and varied opportunities for work experience.

Maritime Science and Engineering
As one of the UK’s largest port cities, Southampton is at the heart of the global maritime industry. Our Warsash Maritime Academy is one of the world’s leading maritime training providers,and our strong ties with the shipping and cruise industries, together with world-leading expertise and facilities, make Solent University a global leader in maritime education.

Business, Law and Communication
Southampton Solent’s dynamic postgraduate business courses deliver the relevant, practical and professional skills that employers are looking for. Our courses are accredited by various professional organisations, and we have strong ties with local and international businesses – providing case studies, real-world challenges and work experience opportunities.


Research-informed teaching

We have an active, fast-growing research community at Southampton Solent University, and our focus is on the kind of practical, applied research that meets the needs of industry and commerce.

Our academics and postgraduates work on a wide variety of highly focused topics – giving students the chance to acquire vital research skills and become genuinely expert in their area of study.

Meanwhile our dedicated Solent Learning and Teaching Institute supports students, lecturers and researchers alike, encouraging lecturers to incorporate their research into everyday teaching and creating embedded research experiences for learners.

Open days

Visiting Southampton Solent University is a great way to get a feel for the university – you can find out more about the course you’re interested in, meet academic and support staff, take a look at our great facilities and see what Southampton itself has to offer.

Find out more or book your place on one of our open days.

Getting here

Southampton has excellent transport links by road, rail and air. Visitors can fly directly into Southampton International Airport, while London is just an hour and a half away by car or train.