The University of Southampton

Research groups

We have more than 240 different research groups at the University of Southampton, all of which engage in cutting-edge research.

About our research groups

A research group (also sometimes called a research centre) is a group of researchers from the same faculty working together on a particular issue or topic. Research groups may be composed of researchers all from the same academic unit/subject or from different subjects within a faculty.

At the University of Southampton we also encourage our research groups to collaborate with each other across disciplines to make the most of our incredible knowledge base of expertise. In this way we hope to stretch boundaries, challenge traditional ways of thinking, and innovate towards finding new solutions to problems.

Browse research groups by faculty and academic unit

You will find more information about individual research groups on the relevant faculty and/or academic unit website.

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Business, Law and Art | Engineering and the Environment | Health Sciences | Humanities | Medicine | Natural and Environmental Sciences | Physical Sciences and Engineering | Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

Business, Law and Art

Southampton Law School

Insurance Law Research Group

Institute of Maritime Law

Institute for Law and the Web

Health Ethics and Law

Institute of Criminal Justice

Southampton Business School

Department of Accounting

Department of Banking and Finance

Department of Decision Analytics and Risk

Department of Digital and Data Driven Marketing

Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Winchester School of Art

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Engineering and the Environment


Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics


Bioengineering and Human Factors

Computational Engineering and Design

Energy and Climate Change

Fluid Dynamics

Geomechanics and Environmental Geotechnics

Materials and Surface Engineering

Mechatronics, Signal Processing and Control

Structures and Solid Mechanics


Water and Environment

Health Sciences

Cancer, Palliative & End of Life Care Research Group (CHP)

Innovative & Essential Care

Rehabilitation & Health Technologies


Southampton Digital Humanities


Archaeological Computing Research Group

Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton (APSS)

Centre for Applied Archaeological Analyses

Centre for Applied Human Origins Research

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Classical and Historical Archaeology Research Group

Osteoarchaeology Research Group

Social Prehistory Research Group

Southampton Ceramics Research Group

Theory, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group


Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)


Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)

Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

Modern Languages

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR)

Centre for Global Englishes

Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS)

Centre for Mexico - Southampton Collaboration (Mexsu)

Centre for Transnational Studies

Languages South East

Routes into Languages


Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Composition and Music Technology Research Group

Music Performance Research Group

Musicology and Ethnomusicology Research Group


History of Philosophy Research Group

Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics Research Group

Political Philosophy Research Group

Ethics Research Group

Epistemology Research Group

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology Research Group

Wittgenstein and Early Analytic Philosophy Research Group


Cancer Sciences

NIHR/Cancer Research UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre

University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit (In conjunction with NIHR and Cancer Research UK)

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

Shadow Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit

Shadow Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit

Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research

Human Development and Health

Centre for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)

Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration

Centre for Respiratory Science

MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit

NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in Nutrition

NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit

Translational Immunology Partnership

Primary Care and Population Sciences

Southampton Primary Medical Care Research Group

Public Health Science and Medical Statistics Group

NIHR Research Design Service

Natural and Environmental Sciences

Biological Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Environmental Biosciences

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences


Advanced Composite Materials Facility

Characterisation and Analytics

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Computational Systems


Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

Magnetic Resonance

Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow


Ocean and Earth Science

Geochemistry Research Group

Geology and Geophysics Research Group

Marine Biogeochemistry Research Group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeclimate Research Group

Physical Oceanography Research Group

Marine Biology and Ecology Research Group

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Electronics and Computer Science

Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group (AIC)

Electronic and Software Systems Research Group (ESS)

Electronics and Electrical Engineering Research Group (EEE)


Energy Harvesting Network

The IT Innovation Centre


Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Research Group

Pervasive Systems Centre

Southampton Nanofabrication Centre

Southampton Wireless Research Group (SW)


Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory

Vision, Learning and Control Research Group (VLC)

Web and Internet Science Research Group (WAIS)

Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training

Web Science Trust

Web Science Institute


Advanced Fibre Technologies and Applications Research Group

Advanced Solid-state Sources Research Group

Computational Nonlinear Optics Research Group

Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors

Fibre Bragg Gratings Research Group

High Power Fibre Lasers Research Group

Infrared Science and Technology Research Group

Integrated Photonic Devices Research Group

Laser-Induced Forward Transfer Research Group

Microstructured Optical Fibres Research Centre

Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Research Group

Nonlinear and Microstructured Optical Materials Research Group

Novel Glass and Fibre Research Group

Optical Biosensors and Biophotonics Research Group

Optical Fibre Communications Research Group

Optical Microfibre Devices and Sensors

Optical Parametric Oscillators Research Group

Optical Sensors and Instrumentation Research Group

Optoelectronics Research Centre

Photonic, Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres Research Group

Photonic Systems Circuits and Sensors Research Group

Physical Optics Research Group

Planar Optical Materials Research Group

Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers Research Group

Power Photonics and Applications Research Group

Pulsed Fibre Lasers Research Group

Pulsed Laser Deposition Research Group

Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy Research Group

Semiconductor Fibre Devices for Nonlinear Photonics Research Group

Silica Fibre Fabrication Research Group

Telecommunications Devices and Sub-Systems Research Group

Ultrafast Laser X-Ray Research Group

Physics and Astronomy

Adaptive Photonics Group

Astronomy Research Group

Hybrid Photonics Research Group

Laboratory for Inorganic Colloidal Nanocrystals

Magnetism and Superconductivity Research Group

Nanomaterials Research Group

Quantum Control Group

Quantum Light and Matter Research Group

Quantum Nanophysics and Matter Wave Interferometry Research Group

Solid-State Quantum Optics Group

Southampton High Energy Physics Theory Group

Space Environment Physics Group

The Terahertz Laboratories Group

Theory of Light Matter Coupling in Nanostructures Research Group

Vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser Research Group

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

Geography and the Environment

Earth Surface Dynamics Research Group

Economy, Governance and Culture Research Group


Global Environment Change and Earth Observation Research Group

Palaoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

Population, Health and Wellbeing Research Group (PHeW)

Mathematical Sciences

Applied Mathematics Research Group

Operational Research Group

Pure Mathematics Research Group

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information (CORMSIS)

Southampton Theory Astrophysics and Gravity Research Centre (STAG)

Statistics Research Group


Centre for Applications of Health Psychology (CAHP)

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CSRI)

Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory (DBBL)

Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioural Laboratory

Experimental Psychopathology Laboratory (EPL)

Social Sciences

ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRCE)

ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC)

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

QUEST: Qualitative Expertise at Southampton

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI)

Work Futures Research Centre


EPSRC Care Life Cycle Research Programme

Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA)




Economic Theory

Applied Economics

Politics & International Relations

Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance (C2G2)

Social Statistics & Demography

Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3)

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Institute for Criminal Justice Research

Southampton Education School

Institute of Educational Effectiveness and Equity (IE3)

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