University of Southampton

Research centres and institutes

Our research centres, research institutes and doctoral training centres are home to some of the most innovative researchers and research projects in the world.

Our research centres are working together to find solutions

As a research-intensive University, it is no surprise that our research centres, institutes and training centres are of the topmost quality. However, we also have a very large number of research groups – more than 300 in total – offering our researchers unique opportunities to collaborate.

We actively encourage interdisciplinary collaboration amongst our research groups, and our research institutes are models of best interdisciplinary practice.

Featured research groups

Futures in art and design

The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art and Design is highlighting the importance of the arts

Futures in art and design

Health Ethics and Law Network (HEAL) – This interdisciplinary network brings together over 70 scholars from different disciplines to better explore the nature of law as it relates to healthcare and ethics. HEAL regularly contributes to consultations and debates informing policy-making, and is working to bring together a nationally recognised interdisciplinary body of academics and healthcare professionals.

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art and Design – This centre highlights the significance of art, design and media in our culture. It is also dedicated to creating and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships which benefit diverse social groups.

Sound and Vibration Research

The Institute for Sound and Vibration Research is world-leading in its field

Sound and Vibration Research

Institute for Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) – The ISVR is the world’s leading centre for research and teaching in sound and vibration. ISVR works closely with industry, government departments, health authorities and the European community to ensure our work is relevant to the needs of society.

National Centre of Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) – Our multidisciplinary tribology centre links world-class research groups in key disciplines to advance our work in computational and experimental tribology. We work with the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington (NPL) and with other universities specialising in tribology on joint projects.

National Oceanography Centre

We have the best facilities in the UK for marine research

National Oceanography Centre

Parkes Institute – This unique centre studies Jewish and non-Jewish relations throughout history and into the present day. The centre houses the Parkes Library and Archive which is the largest collection in Europe on the subject of Jewish history, and the only one in the world dedicated to the relationship between Jews and non-Jews. Our members are very actively involved in outreach work.

National Oceanography Centre (NOCS) – NOCS is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in marine and earth science. We provide large-scale infrastructure and support for the entire UK marine research community and we are at the forefront of the development of marine technology.

Optoelectronics

We have led the field in optoelectronics for over 40 years

Optoelectronics

Optoelectronics research centre (ORC) – Over the past 40 years the ORC has played a major role in the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, and it remains one of the world’s leading centres for photonics research.

ESRC Research Centre for Population Change – This is the UK’s first research centre on population change, which partners with National Records of Scotland and the Office for National Statistics to understand the key drivers and implications of population change.