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The University of Southampton
HumanitiesPostgraduate study

Studying here

Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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How to Apply

Find out more about the postgraduate application process.

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Discover our accommodation options and how you can apply.

With around 500 students working across seven academic disciplines, Humanities offers an exciting and engaging environment in which to undertake postgraduate study.


For all up-to-date information on activities and events for all Humanities postgraduate students visit the Welcome Website.

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World-class facilities

Our postgraduates have access to the very latest study resources including the largest university library in the south of England. We boast an extensive range of unique facilities including a purpose-built £3m Archaeology Building, valuable historical archives such as the Wellington and Palmerston papers, and a strong collaborative relationship with Chawton House Library (former residence of Jane Austen). On campus we host internationally acclaimed arts venues such as the Turner Sims concert Hall and John Hansard Gallery

Supporting your studies

Our first-class postgraduate induction programme will help you work both safely and effectively from the outset. You will also benefit from one-to-one academic mentoring and support throughout your studies, either on one of our tutor led taught programmes or on research based postgraduate studies. Your tutor or supervisor will help you to draw up a personal development plan to make sure you are equipped for the challenges ahead.

Part of the research community

Research today is often driven by international collaborations, both formal and informal, and we aim to offer you the opportunity to travel during your PhD. Meeting academics from all over the world, through presenting your own work at national and international conferences, you will become part of a global research community.

Closer to home, all our postgraduates are members of the student-run Humanities Postgraduate Connection student group, which arranges extracurricular activities including social events, seminars, sports and more.

The city

Southampton is a thriving modern city, steeped in history and with a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment. Cinemas, sports facilities, internationally acclaimed arts venues and one of the UK’s top shopping centres – the city has something for everyone.

The city and surrounding areas offer a rich resource for the humanities. Multiple arts venues both on and off campus, close proximity and easy travel to London and key research collections make the University of Southampton a thriving academic hub for humanities subjects.

Uni-link buses provide easy access to the city, the airport and coach and train stations. As well as excellent links to Europe via cross-channel ferries from Portsmouth and Poole, there are frequent flights to continental destinations from Southampton and Bournemouth International Airports.

When the PhD is over, I’m hoping to use the skills I’ve learned through work and study in an area such as heritage consultancy.

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