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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 50 years we have trained thousands of doctors and scientists, and led research in areas as diverse as cancer, osteoporosis, asthma and nutrition.

Schools, research groups, centres and institutes
School of 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.

School of human development and health

Our researchers and educators aim to promote human health across the lifecourse. We characterise:

  • transgenerational genetic, lifestyle and behavioural influences on growth, development and function
  • how early life events influence functional capacity and resilience in later life
  • how functional capacity is altered with disease and early ageing

We investigate mechanisms and test interventions, studying molecules, cells, individuals and populations. We are especially interested in musculoskeletal, metabolic, and immune/inflammatory health.

The school incorporates the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre and is closely linked with the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

Our research groups are:

  • human genetics and genomic medicine
  • epigenetics
  • developmental physiology and medicine
  • nutrition, endocrinology and metabolism
  • bone and joint
  • global health
School of clinical and experimental sciences

Our researchers are driven by a desire to create better treatments and diagnostics for their patients, specialising in world-leading patient-focused translational research. We've conducted many clinical trials, including being a leading centre for the COVID vaccine trials.

We work with both commercial and non-commercial partners to stay at the forefront of research, and many of our researchers work in the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. Insights gained from our work are now underpinning novel treatments, gene therapies and stem cell research.

Our work focuses on 5 main areas, each with their own specific research and educational aims:

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

We work across the faculties to deliver interdisciplinary projects, bringing new technologies and methods to our patient-centred work.

School of primary care, population science and medical education

We undertake a wide range of research, teaching and enterprise activities:

Our research is multi-disciplinary and broad, delivering high quality, evidence-based health research to enhance prevention, early detection and management of health-related conditions.

We collaborate nationally and internationally with academics and clinicians to develop, deliver and implement research that has an impact on policy and clinical practice. Our active patient and public involvement members help ensure our research is both inclusive and relevant to patients’ priorities.

We help develop the next generation of researchers and clinicians. We have active early researcher and postgraduate groups, and our staff make major contributions to medical undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training.

School of healthcare enterprise and innovation

We're a community of researchers, healthcare professionals and educators with expertise spanning medicine, health, bioengineering and technology. We champion the development of healthcare innovations that generate social change and economic benefits.

Our experts use research findings to create practical solutions for healthcare systems and services worldwide. Supporting the exchange of knowledge from academia to the real-world and fostering business connections are at the heart of everything we do. 

We host the largest enterprise contract at the University and collaborate with groups across healthcare — from researchers and policymakers to industry and the public.

Explore the School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation.

  • Impactful research

    100% of our research was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" for impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

    Source: REF 2021

  • 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, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, UK time.

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