Institutes and Research Centres
With a reputation for linking fundamental research with real-world applications, Southampton is home to cutting-edge research centres that consistently break new ground.
Business and Law
Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems (CORMSIS)
Our world-leading CORMSIS is one of the largest operational research, management science and information systems groups in the UK. Spanning the Schools of Mathematics and Management, the Centre is internationally renowned for expertise in risk, optimisation, finance and health.
Health Ethics and Law Network (HEAL)
HEAL is an inter-disciplinary network exploring the nature of law, its processes of production and impact on society by examining specific examples in Health Care Law and Ethics. The network, which has over 70 members, draws together a range of scholars from different disciplines to build upon the broad range of expertise in the field of health care within the University and across local health care services.
Engineering and the Environment
Centre for Complex Autonomous Systems Engineering (CCASE)
CCASE specialises in complex autonomous systems with a high level of adaptivity and awareness of the environment, bringing together experts from various areas in response to multi-disciplinary industry needs. The Centre has state-of-the-art design tools and manufacturing facilities to produce industry grade prototypes.
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)
ISVR is the world’s leading centre for research and teaching in the area of sound and vibration. It is funded by industry, research councils, government departments, the European Community and health authorities across the world. Working with these bodies ensures that ISVR’s work is relevant to the everyday needs of society. ISVR is home to cutting-edge facilities including reverberation chambers, motion simulators, a large anechoic chamber and a loudspeaker listening room.
Rehabilitation and Health Technologies
The Rehabilitation and Health Technologies Group is running programmes researching into human movement, the respiratory system and continence and skin Health.
Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
The Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care Group has programmes investigating the experiences and concerns of people affected by cancer, other limiting illnesses and at the end of life as well as developing, testing and evaluating new interventions, and investigating the organisation and delivery of care.
The Parkes Institute provides a unique world-class centre for the study of Jewish–non-Jewish relations throughout the ages. Members of the Parkes Institute, including researchers, students and archivists, base their work around the rich resources of the Parkes Library and Archive, one of the largest collections in Europe for the study of Jewish history and the only one in the world devoted to the study of relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.
The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture
The CMRC reflects the research aspirations of staff across multiple disciplines: Archaeology; English; History; and Music. We study the intellectual history, literature, politics, music, material culture, buildings and landscape of the period between late antiquity and 1700. Our approach is shaped by our commitment to inter-disciplinary study, and our recognition of the value of conversation between scholars from different subject backgrounds.
MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
The purpose of our research is to explain important, preventable causes of common chronic disorders and their complications, and help improve population and individual health. In particular, we are interested in the interplay of causes acting at different stages of the lifecourse from before conception through to old age, and the ways in which environmental influences modulate gene expression to produce disease.
NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in nutrition
NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre is the nation’s centre for advancing health through nutrition. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the centre is an international hub for nutrition research, training and policy. It provides quality-assured resources, expertise and training to help drive Southampton’s nutrition research across its three main strands: nutrition in early life, later life nutrition, and improving nutritional care and research.
Natural and Environmental Sciences
National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)
NOCS is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in marine and earth science and for the development of marine technology, and provides large-scale infrastructure and support for the entire UK marine research community. As well as conducting world-leading research, NOCS has strong links with a variety of businesses, including offshore industries (oil, gas and communications), environmental technology companies and government agencies, in the UK and overseas.
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Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)
We look to the life sciences for the answers to truly global issues such as climate change, improving human health and how best to make use of our planet’s finite resources. The IfLS pioneers a multidisciplinary approach to research, bringing together world-class scientists and engineers with a common interest in the life sciences to address these challenges.
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI)
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) is a unique internationally recognised centre of excellence, bringing together research, innovation and education communities from universities, research institutes, industry and governments. Our mission, in partnership with Lloyd's Register and other business, civic and industrial societies, is to become the world's leading institute for marine and maritime innovation, education and expertise.
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Web Science Institute
The University is pioneering the development of Web Science, a new discipline that aims to provide a thorough understanding of the Web as a social and technical phenomenon. This demands new ways of working, across traditional academic disciplines, to build skills and expertise in the technical underpinnings of the Web as well as the social processes that have shaped its evolution and the impact of the Web on society.
Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)
The ORC is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research. Over the past 40 years the Centre and its predecessors have played a major role in the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet. With world-leading expertise and state-of-the-art optical laboratories and clean room facilities, the ORC remains at the forefront of photonics advances today.
Southampton Nanofabrication Centre
The Southampton Nanofabrication Centre is part of the Mountbatten Building, one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary clean room complexes. Managed by the Nano Research Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, the Centre provides the environment and unique facilities to advance our world-leading research in nanotechnology. The Centre is used for research, development and industrial collaboration.
Social and Human Sciences
ESRC Research Centre for Population Change
The ESRC Centre for Population Change was established in January 2009. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it is the UKs first research centre on population change. Based jointly at the University and the National Records of Scotland, the Centre brings together expertise from the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Stirling as well as the National Records of Scotland and The Office for National Statistics.
National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)
NCRM forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. NCRM is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in social science research methods. It has a distributed structure, with the coordinating hub at the University and nodes across UK universities.