Innovative research. Leading the way

We are committed to the highest quality of provision in pursuit of excellence in biomedical sciences and clinical research. Our focused research strategy, covers the spectrum from basic science to clinical innovation, with an emphasis on translating new discoveries into healthcare practice.


The Faculty of Medicine has taken a leading role in delivering the University’s multi-disciplinary research strategy, with 287 research students. Our guiding principles have been to enhance our capacity for translational research and to increase interdisciplinary research at the interface with the physical sciences, computing, engineering and mathematics – especially in areas where the University is world-leading.

Working with local, national and international collaborators, the partnership between University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and University of Southampton (UoS) has a proven track record of producing high quality biomedical science that is translated through patient-based research and then progressed into later phase studies across the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

The Faculty annual research conference in July offers postgraduate students, academic clinical fellows and postdoctoral research assistants in Medicine, as well as Collaborators in other Faculties to present their work, and is concluded with a distinguished lecture (recent examples include Professor Steve Jones, Professor Sir Rory Collins and Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly). This conference compliments our Annual Translational Research Conference in November, organized in partnership with the UHS, showcasing research from the Faculty as well as NIHR-portfolio research sponsored by UHS and is concluded with the Wade Lecture (recent examples include Professor Dame Sally Davis and Professor Sir John Tooke). The conference runs contiguously with an enterprise half day, comprising seminars from Faculty spin-outs and their academic collaborators.

We pursue an ambitious strategy for growth, building on existing research strengths to develop new pillars within an overarching lifecourse approach to health and disease. Our main Research areas are:

- Cancer Sciences Research

- Respiratory and Allergy Research

- Clinical Neuroscience Research

- Infection and Immunity Research

- Human Development and Physiology Research

- Primary Care Research

- Population Health Sciences



Research opportunities

We have a reputation for academic excellence in all aspects of teaching and research and are one of the UK's leading centres for biomedical research offering a range of postgraduate opportunities in both basic and clinical science.

Breaking boundaries

We encourage enterprise and innovation in research and education. Our research has led to successful commercial endeavors with the creation of five spin-out companies.

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