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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

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
Bioengineering and Human Factors
Computational Engineering and Design
Energy and Climate Change
Dynamics Group
Fluid Dynamics
Geomechanics and Environmental Geotechnics
Materials and Surface Engineering
Mechatronics, Signal Processing and Control
Signal Processing Audio and Hearing
Structures and Solid Mechanics
Water and Environment

Electronics and Computer Science

Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research
Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group (AIC)
Electronics and Electrical Engineering Research Group (EEE)
Energy Harvesting Network
The IT Innovation Centre
Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Research Group
Next Generation Wireless
Pervasive Systems Centre
Southampton Nanofabrication Centre
Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory
Vision, Learning and Control Research Group (VLC)
Web and Internet Science Research Group (WAIS)
Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
Web Science Trust
Web Science Institute

Photonics and Nanoelectronics (incorporating the Optoelectronics Research Centre)

Advanced Fibre Technologies and Applications Research Group
Advanced Solid-state Sources Research Group
Computational Nonlinear Optics Research Group
Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors
Fibre Bragg Gratings Research Group
High Power Fibre Lasers Research Group
Infrared Science and Technology Research Group
Integrated Photonic Devices Research Group
Laser-Induced Forward Transfer Research Group
Microstructured Optical Fibres Research Centre
Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Research Group
Nonlinear and Microstructured Optical Materials Research Group
Novel Glass and Fibre Research Group
Optical Biosensors and Biophotonics Research Group
Optical Fibre Communications Research Group
Optical Microfibre Devices and Sensors
Optical Parametric Oscillators Research Group
Optical Sensors and Instrumentation Research Group
Photonic, Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres Research Group
Photonic Systems Circuits and Sensors Research Group
Physical Optics Research Group
Planar Optical Materials Research Group
Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers Research Group
Power Photonics and Applications Research Group
Pulsed Fibre Lasers Research Group
Pulsed Laser Deposition Research Group
Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy Research Group
Semiconductor Fibre Devices for Nonlinear Photonics Research Group
Silica Fibre Fabrication Research Group
Telecommunications Devices and Sub-Systems Research Group
Ultrafast Laser X-Ray Research Group

Physics and Astronomy

Adaptive Photonics Group
Astronomy Research Group
Hybrid Photonics Research Group
Laboratory for Inorganic Colloidal Nanocrystals
Magnetism and Superconductivity Research Group
Nanomaterials Research Group
Quantum Control Group
Quantum Light and Matter Research Group
Quantum Nanophysics and Matter Wave Interferometry Research Group
Solid-State Quantum Optics Group
Southampton High Energy Physics Theory Group
Space Environment Physics Group
The Terahertz Laboratories Group
Theory of Light Matter Coupling in Nanostructures Research Group
Vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser Research Group


Advanced Composite Materials Facility
Characterisation and Analytics
Chemical Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Computational Systems
Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry
Magnetic Resonance
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis, Catalysis and Flow


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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