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Research groups

We have more than 240 different research groups at the University of Southampton, all of which engage in cutting-edge research.

About our research groups

A research group (also sometimes called a research centre) is a group of researchers from the same faculty working together on a particular issue or topic. Research groups may be composed of researchers all from the same school/subject or from different subjects within a faculty.

At the University of Southampton we also encourage our research groups to collaborate with each other across disciplines to make the most of our incredible knowledge base of expertise. In this way we hope to stretch boundaries, challenge traditional ways of thinking, and innovate towards finding new solutions to problems.

Browse research groups by faculty and school

You will find more information about individual research groups on the relevant faculty and/or school website.


Art and Humanities

Southampton Digital Humanities

Archaeological Computing Research Group

Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton (APSS)

Centre for Applied Archaeological Analyses

Centre for Applied Human Origins Research

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Classical and Historical Archaeology Research Group

Osteoarchaeology Research Group

Social Prehistory Research Group

Southampton Ceramics Research Group

Theory, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group

Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)

Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR)

Centre for Global Englishes

Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS)

Centre for Mexico - Southampton Collaboration (Mexsu)

Centre for Transnational Studies

Routes into Languages

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCECS)

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

Composition and Music Technology Research Group

Music Performance Research Group

Musicology and Ethnomusicology Research Group

History of Philosophy Research Group

Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics Research Group

Political and Legal Philosophy Research Group

Ethics Research Group

Epistemology Research Group

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology Research Group

Wittgenstein and Early Analytic Philosophy Research Group

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Acoustics Group
Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics Group
Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Group
Astronautics Group
Bioengineering Science Group
Carbon Management Research Group
Computational Engineering and Design Group
Dynamics Group
Energy and Climate Change Group
Energy Technology Group
Engineering Materials Group
Infrastructure Group
Maritime Engineering Group
Mechatronics Engineering Group
national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group
Transportation Group
Waste Management Group
Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Electronics and Computer Science

Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group 
Biomedical Electronics Group
Cyber Physical Systems Group
Cyber Security Group 
Electrical Power Engineering Group
Next Generation Wireless Group 
Smart Electronic Materials and Systems Group 
Sustainable Electronic Technologies Group 
The IT Innovation Centre
Vision, Learning and Control Group 
Web and Internet Science Group 

Photonics and Nanoelectronics (incorporating the Optoelectronics Research Centre)

Advanced Fibre Technologies & Applications
Advanced Solid-State Sources
Coherent Optical Signals 
Computational Nonlinear Optics 
Compound Glass and Fibres
Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors 
Fibre Bragg Gratings 
High Power Fibre Lasers 
Integrated Photonic Devices
Laser-Direct-Write (LDW) Technologies for Biomedical Sensors
Laser-Induced Forward Transfer
Microstructured Optical Fibres
Nanophotonics & Metamaterials
Nonlinear & Microstructured Optical Materials 
Novel Glass & Fibre 
Optical Biosensors & Biophotonics 
Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group
Optical Fibre Communications
Optical Fibre Sensors and Devices 
Optical Parametric Oscillators 
Photonic, Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres
Photonic Systems Circuits and Sensors
Physical Optics 
Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers 
Pulsed Fibre Lasers 
Pulsed Laser Deposition 
Nonlinear Semiconductor Photonics 
Silica Fibre Fabrication 
Silicon Photonics 
Ultrafast Laser X-Ray

Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Group
Quantum, Light and Matter Group
SHEP – Southampton High Energy Physics theory group
SEP - Space Environment Physics group


Characterisation and Analytics Group
Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Group
Computational Systems Group
Electrochemistry Group
Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry Group
Magnetic Resonance Group
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow
Chemistry Education Group


Social Sciences

Applied Mathematics Research Group

Operational Research Group

Pure Mathematics Research Group

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information (CORMSIS)

Southampton Theory Astrophysics and Gravity Research Centre (STAG)

Statistics Research Group

ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC)

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI)

Work Futures Research Centre

EPSRC Care Life Cycle Research Programme

Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA)

Economic Theory and Experimental Economics



Applied Economics

Centre for Global Health and Policy (GHaP)

Institute for Criminal Justice Research

Institute of Educational Effectiveness and Equity (IE3)

Insurance Law Research Group

Institute of Maritime Law

Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)

Health Ethics and Law

Institute of Criminal Justice

Centre for Geometry, Topology and Applications

Centre for Law, Policy and Society

Centre for Private and Commercial Law

Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law

Centre for Global Constitutionalism

Centre for Empirical Research in Finance and Banking

Centre for Digital Finance

Centre for Accounting, Accountability and Governance

Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Centre for Research on Work and Organisations

Centre for Risk Research

Advanced Project Management Research Centre

Centre for Marketing Research

Product Returns Research Group

Centre for Political Ethnography

Centre for English Identity and Politics

Centre for Democratic Futures

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