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Find out about the Chinese student community at Southampton, entry requirements for our courses and other information specific to your country.

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Entry requirements

This information is for general guidance only; entry requirements vary for different courses. For more specific details, please visit the relevant course web page or contact the admissions office for your chosen subject area.

Postgraduate entry requirements, Masters programmes

Foundation year entry requirements 

International Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate degree in management, humanities, arts and social sciences)

National Senior High School Certificate (three years), achieving an overall Grade B (80%) with minimum B (80%) in subjects relevant to the chosen undergraduate course. Students completing two years of Senior High School should have achieved 85%

Engineering Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in engineering, physics, computer science and geophysics) National Senior High School Certificate (for both two and three years), achieving an overall 85% with 85% in maths and physics.
Science Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and other science-related courses)

National Senior High School Certificate (three years) achieving 80% overall, with 80% in both biology and chemistry. Students completing two years should achieve 85% overall with 855 in biology and chemistry.

Please note that this course does not progress to an undergraduate degree in medicine. 

Undergraduate entry requirements

To be considered for a place on one of our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees, you will need:

UK A levels obtained in China 
International Baccalaureate (IB): Between 28 and 38 points 
First year of a relevant degree from a high ranked Chinese university, with an average grade of at least 70-80% 

Postgraduate entry requirements

Masters programmes

Bachelors degree awarded by a high ranked Chinese university with an average grade of at least 70-88%, dependent on awarding institution.

Most of our Masters programmes require you to achieve equivalent to a 2.1

The Pre-Masters programme requires you to achieve equivalent to a 2.2

Find your requirements: details of the equivalent grades we require by individual Chinese Universities are in our helpful PDF download.

University Category (See PDF Download)2.1 Equivalent2.2 Equivalent
X1 75% or 2.8 GPA 70% or 2.3 GPA
X2 78% or 3.1 GPA 73% or 2.6 GPA
X3 80% or 3.25 GPA 75% or 2.8 GPA
Y1 78% or 3.1 GPA 73% or 2.6 GPA
Y2 83% or 3.5 GPA 78% or 3.1 GPA
Z 88% or 3.7 GPA 83% or 3.5 GPA

These requirements represent the standard entry criteria for our programmes. All applications are considered on the basis of the full submission, and so strong scores in relevant subjects and the suitability of the course studied will also be taken into consideration.

Please note the following special requirements:

Courses in the following Schools or Departments will only accept qualifications from a university categorised as X1, X2, or X3 (details in our download).

Chemistry

Economics

Electronics and Computer Science

Engineering

Mathematical Sciences 

Physics and Astronomy

Southampton Law School

Southampton Business School

Courses in the Southampton Business School require qualifications from a university categorised as X1, X2, or X3. The following qualifications from these specialist universities will also be considered:

UniversityGrade requiredNotes
Nanjing Audit University 80% or 3.25 GPA Accepted for Accounting and Finance courses only.
Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai College 83% or 3.5 GPA  
Zhejiang University, City College 83% or 3.5 GPA  
Jilin University, Zhuhai College 83% or 3.5 GPA  
Xiamen University, Tan Kah Kee College 83% or 3.5 GPA  

Southampton Business School website

Winchester School of Art

The following qualifications from these specialist universities will also be considered for courses in the Winchester School of Art:

UniversityGrade required
Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Communication University of China, Nanguang College 83% or 3.5 GPA
China Academy of Art, Shanghai Institute of Design 83% or 3.5 GPA
Jilin University, Zhuhai College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Nanjing University, Jingling College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Nankai University, Binhai College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Xindu College 83% or 3.5 GPA
South China Agricultural University, Zhujiang College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Shanghai International Studies University, Xianda College of Economics and Humanities 83% or 3.5 GPA
Sun Yat Sen University, Xinhua College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Tianjin Normal University, Jingu College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Pearl River College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Xiamen University, Tan Kah Kee College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Zhejiang University, City College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Keyi College, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Keyi College 83% or 3.5 GPA
Beijing City University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Beijing International Studies University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Beijing Institute of Graphic Technology 78% or 3.1 GPA
Beijing Institute of Printing Technology 78% or 3.1 GPA
China Youth University for Politics 78% or 3.1 GPA
Chengdu Sport University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Dalian Art College 78% or 3.1 GPA
Dalian Institute for Nationalities 78% or 3.1 GPA
Guangdong Baiyun University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
Harbin Far East Institute of Technology 78% or 3.1 GPA
Hubei Institute (Academy?) of Fine Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
Hunan Institute of Arts & Science 78% or 3.1 GPA
Jinlin Animation Institute 78% or 3.1 GPA
Luxun Academy of Fine Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
Nanjing University of the Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
National Academy Chinese Theatre Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
Sanda University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Sichuan Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute 78% or 3.1 GPA
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA
Tianjin Foreign Studies University 78% or 3.1 GPA
Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts 78% or 3.1 GPA

Winchester School of Art website

The Department of Music

The following qualifications from these specialist universities will also be considered for courses in the Department of Music:

UniversityGrade required
Sichuan Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA
Xi'an Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA
Xinghai Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA
Tianjin Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA
Wuhan Conservatory of Music 78% or 3.1 GPA

The Department of Music website

Sino-Foreign Joint Universities

We require the following grades for entrance on our programmes from these universities.

To qualify for one of our Masters programmes you must achieve a 2.1 or equivalent.

To qualify for our Pre-Masters programme you must achieve a 2.2 or equivalent.

Sino-Foreign Joint UniversitiesGrading System2.12.2
Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University United International College HK 2.8 2.5
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen HK 2.8 2.5
Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Israel 75% 85%
Shenzhen Moscow-State-University-and-Beijing-Institute-of-Technology University Russia 4/5 N/A
The University of Nottingham Ningbo UK 2.1 2.2
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University UK 2.1 2.2
New York University Shanghai USA 3.0 2.8
Wenzhou-Kean University USA 3.2 2.8
Duke Kunshan University USA 3.0 2.8
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PhD programmes

Good grades in bachelors and masters degrees awarded by a recognised university and a strong research proposal.

English language entry requirements

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language requirements and support.

The Chinese student community

We are pleased to welcome students from China to the University each year. In 2016/17 we have 2834 Chinese students studying with us.

Student-run clubs and societies

Getting involved in clubs and societies is a great way to meet other students from your country and from around the world. There are many societies run by the University's Students' Union (SUSU) for different interests, religions, sports and academic groups. You may be interested in joining the Chinese Student Scholar Association.

Visit the University of Southampton Students' Union (SUSU) website for more information about clubs and societies.

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Before I started this MSc, I had been working in Tianjin Environmental Protection Agency, China, for more than five years. The University of Southampton's reputation for teaching and research motivated me to spend one year at Southampton. I really enjoyed my MSc although it is hard work.

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