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Our world-class buildings such as the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten complex and the Life Sciences building have contributed to the University of Southampton’s status as one of the best learning environments in the UK. These facilities are a result of an investment of £200 million.

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The University provides a wealth of social, arts and leisure facilities for students.

Off campus, you will find all the transport, shopping and leisure facilities you would expect from a multicultural city with a population of over 200,000 people.

Wireless and networked high-speed internet access is widely available across all campuses and in all five libraries.

State-of-the-art facilities

Archaeology building

Archaeology has recently moved into new £3 million purpose-built facilities. The three storey building is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories providing space for teaching and research, and housing reference collections, technical equipment and laboratories. This emphasis on providing science-based laboratories allows students to gain extensive practical experience with archaeological materials as part of their training and research.

The Nick Bradford laboratory is a dedicated undergraduate facility, with space for 40 students. We have additional dedicated laboratories and teaching spaces for ceramics and lithics, computation, Palaeolithic archaeology, maritime archaeology and osteoarchaeology. As one of the few purpose-built archaeology buildings in the country, Southampton's new archaeology building not only has its own laboratories, but also lecture rooms, seminar rooms and other teaching spaces, all using state of the art teaching and learning technology.

Highlights of the new building include the 2.5 metre standing stone (megalithic) sculpture created by the artist Gary Breeze, and a pair of paintings by Brian Graham.


Southampton is ideally located to visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Britain such as Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, and Southampton itself. It is a lively, modern port city with excellent links to London, the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the Dorset coast, and sailing can be enjoyed on Southampton Water and the Solent.

Southampton also has a rich archaeological, architectural and maritime heritage. Its attractions include some remains of the medieval city, a civic art gallery, Championship football, county cricket, a well-provided sports centre and dry ski facilities and a fine swimming pool. The city offers a rich variety of theatres, concert venues, museums, galleries and cinemas. As a major educational and commercial centre, it also enjoys a wide range of pubs, clubs and other venues tailored particularly to students’ interests.

Southampton was one of the most important towns in medieval England, and again rose to prominence in the 19th century, with the great liners steaming to New York and South Africa.


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When you join us as a postgraduate you will become a member of our Graduate School, a vibrant, supportive community offering a wide range of activities for you to get involved with.

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Having completed my undergraduate and MSc degrees here I enjoyed working in Archaeology and it had access to all the resources I would need for a MPhil.
Catriona CooperMPhil Archaeology
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