World-class facilities for cutting-edge research 

Leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes 
Changing lives and addressing real-world challenges 

Key research projects

Programme Grants:

ORCHID (Human Agent Collectives: from foundations to applications) – £5.5m

PRiME (Power-Efficient, Reliable, Many-Core Embedded Systems) - £5.6m

SOCIAM (The Theory and Practice of Social Machines) – £6.2m

Silicon Photonics for Future Systems –£6.0m

Transforming the Internet Infrastructure: The Photonic HyperHighway – £7.3m

Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials – £5.0m

The Physics and Technology of Photonic Metadevices and Metasystems – £4.4m

Railway Track for the 21st Century – £3.1m

The Science and Analytical Tools to Design Long Life, Low Noise Railway Track Systems – £5.2m

Platform Grants

Green Tribology – £1.2M

Processes, Mechanics and Management of Wastes – £1.0M

Integrated Photonic Materials and Devices – £1.1M

Fibre laser research


Working with industry and government, our researchers are at the cutting-edge providing pioneering solutions to some of the world's biggest problems.

Postgraduate students


With world-class facilities and a team of leading academics, the University of Southampton offers a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate engineering students and researchers.

Undergraduate students at work


Our undergraduate courses reflect the real-world research taking place at the University and are among the most highly-ranked engineering courses in the country.

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Our people

The University of Southampton is home to some of the world’s leading researchers.

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Our REF Results

The 2014 REF assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities.


Our REF Results

The 2014 REF assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities. The results will be used by higher education funding bodies in the UK to allocate almost £2 billion of research funding per year from 2015-16.

Results from the REF 2014 have confirmed our research as being the most powerful – measured by volume and quality - in General Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering, for any single institute in the UK, and using the Times Higher Education’s own definition of research power. Additionally, no matter what category of engineering any UK university was assessed in (General, Civil, Mechanical, Aeronautical), no one beat Southampton for quality and size.

We were also judged the best ‘place’ to do engineering in the UK, thanks to the high quality of our facilities, and furthermore, we came second in the UK for the impact of our work outside of academia, with just one per cent separating the top two universities.

100% of our Computer Science research, and 91% of our General Engineering research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

You can view the full results for the University of Southampton on the REF website



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