Highfield / Highfield - Engineering Square

Engineering - taught courses

Join our lively community of postgraduates studying with many of the world’s leading research academics at the university with the highest “power” rating in the UK for General Engineering (REF 2014).

We offer a dynamic and supportive environment and world-class facilities, with courses that expose you to current issues in engineering and give you the opportunity to specialise in your desired field.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate options, whether you are just starting your career or looking to gain new skills. We have a full range of taught and research degrees as well as a number of short courses for professional development.

Our courses are tailored by our research and industry connections to ensure that our students leave with a qualification that is relevant to employers now and in the future.

We offer postgraduate taught courses in the following subject areas: acoustical engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, energy, mechanical engineering, and maritime engineering.

Engineering and the Environment - research

With world-class facilities and a team of leading academics, the University of Southampton offers a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate engineering and environmental science students and researchers.

As the largest engineering and environmental sciences grouping in the UK, we offer a wide range of postgraduate options, whether you are just starting your career or looking to gain new skills. We have a range of research degrees.

Our programmes are tailored by our research and industry connections to ensure that our students leave with a qualification that is relevant to employers now and in the future.

Acoustical Engineering - taught courses

ISVR is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost centre for teaching, research and consultancy in the field of sound and vibration.

At Southampton taught courses in Acoustical Engineering are offered with either a health or engineering focus. Taught courses include: MRes Clinical and Health ResearchMSc Audiology and MSc Sound and Vibration Studies

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics is focused on fast-moving aircraft and spacecraft in the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. Our courses prepare you to design future aircraft, engines, satellites and other spacecraft.

Ranked 4th in the UK*, our courses allow you to retain a broad-based study path with our BEng and MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics, or to select from our eight specialist degrees. We are the only Russell Group university to offer degrees that combine both aeronautics and astronautics.

You can also enhance your employability with an Industrial Placement Year. Last year, engineering students had placements at organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, Sahara Force India and WSP.

*Complete University Guide, 2019

Civil Engineering

We are ranked 4th in the UK for Civil Engineering* and 100% of our graduates were in a career after six months**. Our SUCCESS scholarship scheme includes industrial experience and a bursary.

You will learn the fundamentals of engineering alongside design modules, enabling you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills required to become a successful engineer.

The first two years of all our Civil Engineering degrees are the same. Third year students can either specialise or retain a broad-based study path.

Fourth year MEng students take advanced modules and participate in a major group design project.

Our courses offer a route to chartered status and are fully accredited by ICE and IStructE.

Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, which provides the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering organisation.

*(Guardian University Guide 2019)

**(DLHE 2015/16)

Engineering/Physics/Geophys/Maths Foundation Year

Southampton engineering courses are ranked in the top ten in a variety of UK league tables. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be able to choose from 17 undergraduate degree disciplines.

The Engineering/Physics/Geophys/Maths Foundation Year is suitable for UK, EU and international students without the traditional entry requirements. The year is the first year of a four, five or six-year programme leading to a degree in our engineering, computer science, maths, physics or geophysics disciplines.

​In this preliminary year of study you will learn the core principles of mathematics, mechanical science, engineering principles and electricity and electronics. You will also undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem solving.

Mechanical Engineering

Our Mechanical Engineering courses bring together creativity and design with mathematical and scientific principles, providing you with the fundamentals of engineering and skills you need to become a successful engineer.

Ranked 6th in the UK*, our courses allow you to retain a broad-based study path with our BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering, or to select from our ten specialist degrees. Our courses integrate design projects and the development of design skills and abilities within each year of study.

You can also enhance your employability with an Industrial Placement Year. Last year, engineering students had placements at organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, Sahara Force India and WSP.

*Guardian University Guide, 2019

Ship Science

You will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities including the largest - 138m - university towing tank in the UK.

Our Ship Science courses will equip you with the skills to design vessels and structures which will operate in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. The first two years are the same across our Ship Science degrees. You will learn the core principles of naval architecture, and develop a thorough understanding of the science and engineering associated with marine vehicles, structures, and their design.

Third year students undertake an individual project. Fourth year MEng students take advanced modules and participate in a major group design project.

Our courses offer a route to chartered status and are fully accredited.

Flight simulator

The Southampton flight simulator is unique in the UK, developed by students for students.

Aeronautics and Astronautics students are able to test their aircraft design projects in the flight simulator. The facility plays an important role in the design, testing and manufacturing of air vehicles. Our third-year aerospace design students produce a full aerodynamic design for a microlight aircraft, which they test-fly in the simulator, and it is also used in project work, both as a visualisation platform and as a hardware-in-the-loop framework for external kit. Student project work also contributes to developing and extending the capabilities of the simulator.

Engineering and the Environment at Southampton

We represent the largest and most diverse engineering and environmental science grouping in the UK, and Southampton has a world-leading reputation for excellence in teaching and research in these fields.

We train the audiologists, engineers and environmental scientists of the future through our educational programmes, provide industry with innovative solutions to their problems, and have an impact on society through our world-leading research.

Engineering students are taught at Highfield Campus and our state-of-the-art Boldrewood Innovation Campus. Our Environmental Science students are taught at Highfield Campus.

µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre

The μ-VIS Centre incorporates six advanced X-ray computed tomography (CT) systems, with the flagship scanner based in engineering representing one of the largest and highest energy microCT systems in the UK at present.

Audiology - taught coursees

Our integrated, comprehensive and stimulating audiology postgraduate courses are designed to meet the diverse learning and development needs of those new to audiology, of qualified audiologists and of related audiological professionals.

The world-renowned MSc Audiology programme has been running for 40 years, it has distinct learning outcomes and learning activities from our BSc Audiology, providing Master's students the opportunities to develop deeper understanding of audiology as well as refined and advanced cognitive, communication and working skills.

Sound and Vibration Research - research

ISVR is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost centre for teaching, research and consultancy in the field of sound and vibration.

Formed in 1963, the Institute is committed to improving our understanding of acoustics and vibration and their impact on the wellbeing of the community and the quality and performance of engineering products.

The ISVR is renowned for its contributions to reducing noise and vibration in engineering applications - rail and aircraft noise for example - but also for fundamental work on understanding how humans hear sounds and process this information.

Acoustical Engineering

Acoustical engineering - the application of acoustics in technology. Acoustical engineers aim to make the world sound better, as they use science and design to control and utilise sound and vibration.

You will be provided with the fundamentals of engineering, combined with specialist studies in acoustics, vibrations, and their human effects.

You will be based at the world-leading Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including one of the UK’s largest anechoic chambers.

Through a combination of lectures, project work and laboratory classes you will be enabled to apply your knowledge and develop the skills required to become a successful engineer.

You will study at Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus, which are a short five minute walk from each other.