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Our ten key research areas

Our research generates engineering solutions to real-world problems based on robust science. We are motivated by current societal needs. Our research is therefore aligned with recent UK Government priority areas, as set out in the UK Industrial Strategy.

96% of our Engineering research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2021).


Acoustics ISVR


Explore our research case studies on acoustics where sound pervades virtually every aspect of human life.

Autonomous systems

Autonomous Systems

Our autonomous systems research is bridging the gap between the practical and theoretical state of the art in aerial and marine robotics.



Much of our bioengineering research is organised through a number of proactive, interdisciplinary research centres.

Computational engineering

Computational Engineering

Explore our  computational engineering case studies where modern engineering relies heavily on the computational simulation.

energy and climate change

Energy and Climate Change

Energy and Climate Change research at the University of Southampton supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

fluid dynamics

Fluid Dynamics

The mechanics of fluid flow is one of the hardest problems in the science that underpins engineering. Explore our case studies tackling these problems.



Explore our case studies that use a wide range of investigative techniques to identify how structures behave and interact with their environments on land, in coastal regions and offshore. 



Transportation of physical goods and people is a critical part of our everyday lives. Our research aims to improve understanding of transportation across road and pavement, rail, air and maritime.

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and Environmental Engineering

Our water and river engineering research integrates experimentation, modelling and field studies to understand the impacts of water resource exploitation on freshwater ecosystems.

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Engineering Highlights

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