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Faculty of Medicine

A wide shot of a hallway at Southampton General Hospital. To the left, a doctor is speaking to a patient in a wheelchair. To the right, a doctor and medical student are walking as they talk.

We are a national leader in medical education, investing in multi-disciplinary research teams and creating opportunities for external collaborations.

We are an ambitious community with a reputation for our expertise in both research and teaching. Medicine at Southampton leads learning and discovery across the lifecourse, from before birth to the elderly, through a range of specialisms. Over the last 40 years we have trained thousands of doctors and scientists, and led research in areas as diverse as cancer, osteoporosis, asthma and nutrition.

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Departments and research groups
Cancer sciences

Our research ranges from basic cellular and molecular biology right through to the epidemiology of service provision. We have a long-established relationship with Cancer Research UK and are home to the UK's first centre for cancer immunology.

We aim to foster high quality cancer research with an emphasis on translating theory into viable clinical applications.

Over 100 researchers, clinicians and associated staff work as coordinated teams across several disciplines. This enables us to bring discoveries into clinical practice as quickly as possible, and to ensure that the scientific hypotheses underlying cancer treatments are fully tested.

Human development and health

We research human development and the mechanisms that underlie its impact on health and disease. Our scientists, clinicians and students work together to understand the science, teach, and develop new treatments to make a difference.

Our researchers are working with the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and other organisations to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease in developed and developing countries. Many of our projects work on early onset life events including genetic and environmental influences affecting chronic lifelong disorders. These include:

  • bone and joint
  • mother pregnancy, child and cardiovascular
  • human genetics and genomic medicine
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • epigenomics
Clinical and experimental sciences

Our researchers are driven by a desire to create better treatments and diagnostics for their patients, from the very young to the very old. We've conducted many clinical trials with both commercial and non-commercial partners, and many of the insights gained are now underpinning novel treatments, gene therapies and stem cell research.

Our work focuses on 4 main areas, each with their own specific research and educational aims:

  • infection and immunology
  • allergy and respiratory
  • clinical neurosciences
  • integrative physiology

We highly value interdisciplinary collaboration, which helps to accelerate the progress of our research by giving us access to unique expertise and technologies. 

Primary care, population science and medical education

We participate in a wide range of research and teaching disciplines, including:

  • primary care
  • public health
  • medical statistics
  • qualitative methods
  • health economics
  • medical education

Our focus is broad, from improving evidenced-based health care, to enhancing the prevention, early detection and management of poor health by better understanding its patterns..

We have an active postgraduate group and our staff make major contributions to postgraduate training and medical undergraduate and leadership teaching.

Impactful research

94% of our research was rated 3* or 4* for impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Source: REF 2014

Silver Athena SWAN award

We've been recognised for our ongoing commitment to addressing gender inequality.


Centre for cancer immunology

We are home to the UK's first dedicated centre for cancer immunology research.

Medicine in Southampton has always been a place where I have felt it is possible to make links, get support, find collaborators and make a significant contribution... Collegiality is one quality that marks Southampton out and underpins our teaching, research and enterprise.
Dean of Medicine


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Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, UK time.
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