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Student and Academic AdministrationAwards

Awards and Certificates

An award is the name given to the process by which a student who has successfully completed their studies has their success ratified by the University Senate.

The University offers many different awards: undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates etc. Your successful completion of your programme and your classification is ratified by the Faculty Board of Examiners and then submitted for approval to the Senate. On approval we issue certification and then archive your details for future degree verifications by employers or other institutions.

As a general rule, undergraduate awards are made in June following Semester 2 submissions and postgraduate taught awards are made in November or December following dissertation submission in September. Postgraduate research and Health Sciences awards are made at any time of year.

The University of Southampton ensures full recognition for study mobility in terms of credits awarded and the inclusion of this mobility in the final record of student achievements on the Diploma Supplement.

An award is only made if the student has no tuition-related debt. Those with debts will have their award withheld and may not be eligible for graduation or enrolment on any other programme at the University of Southampton. Once the debt is cleared, the award will be made at the next available date (usually the following month). Full details can be found on the University Calendar

Once awarded, and assuming your programme of study is eligible, you can attend the University Graduation ceremonies if you wish. Eligible students will be invited to apply so it's important to maintain correct contact details for at least a year after your award so that we can easily contact you.

Please note: Further information regarding Policy relevant to Student and Academic Administration Staff has now been transferred to our SharePoint site accessible at:, if you are unable to access this information and a member of SAA please contact the Awards team.

Please refer to the scheduled award dates 2023/24 here

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call: +0044 (0) 23 8059 9599


call: +0044 (0) 23 8059 9599 

Our Office is located on Highfield Campus in Building 37


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