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World-class education, research and enterprise

The Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering provides an outstandingly successful environment for world-leading education, research and enterprise.

For over 60 years we have continued to make fundamental advances in our disciplines and to define and develop substantial new areas of research that impact on the fast-changing world in which we live.

Our research rankings, graduate employability success and student satisfaction scores all place us at the forefront of the Russell Group Universities for our subjects, and our degree programmes are highly regarded by leading global employers, and by companies requiring the skills needed to develop theories and technologies that will enhance our understanding and shape our future world.

Academic Departments and Research Institutes within the Faculty

We continue to make new discoveries, find new perspectives, and change people’s lives through our research and our education. Our Faculty's web pages will help you find out more about our story, our people, and the future we are building.

Electronics and Computer Science

World-leading education in a research environment that has inspired extraordinary levels of achievement across electronics and electrical engineering as well as computer and web sciences.

Physics and Astronomy

A dynamic environment with a long-standing reputation for world-class research in the fields of astronomy, quantum, light and matter, and theoretical particle physics.

Optoelectronics Research Centre

A world leading research organisation for photonics with roots going back to the invention of the optical fibre in the 1960s.

Zepler Institute

A multidisciplinary research centre for electronics, optics, nano and quantum technologies.

Web Science Institute

Bringing together world-leading multidisciplinary expertise to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today.

Future Worlds

A startup incubator on campus with a network of millionaire investors and mentors to help entrepreneurial researchers and students change the world with their ideas.

  • 21 July 2016

    Gravitational vortex provides new way to study...

    The solution to a 30-year-old mystery will allow astronomers to map the behaviour of matter very close to black holes, possibly opening the door to future investigations of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity

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  • 21 July 2016

    From the Origins of Mass to the Stability of...

    The origin of mass is mysterious. In our everyday experience, the mass of an object is the sum of the mass of its parts. However, in the world of subatomic particles such as quarks and gluons, this everyday assumption is no longer true and even very small mass differences can have cosmic consequences.

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  • 11 July 2016

    World-leading aerospace expertise showcased at...

    Southampton to showcase world-leading aerospace research and expertise at Farnborough International Airshow

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  • Students and education

    Our international reputation attracts students from around the world to study and research on innovative programmes that provide access to renowned academics, unique and cutting-edge facilities, and a community that is exciting, ambitious, and dynamic.  The Faculty's academic staff are highly qualified and many are nationally and internationally acknowledged for their contribution to engineering, science and technology.

    • High quality courses and programmes
    • Student numbers: in excess of 1400 undergraduates, 300 taught postgraduates, and 525 PhDs
    • Student employability: over 93% in computer science and electrical & electronic engineering
    • NSS scores: over 90% in electrical & electronic engineering and physics & astronomy
    Research

    Our thriving research community is active within the global research community, highly valued by our many industrial collaborators, and also influential in public life. National and global recognition of our achievements includes those with significant Fellowships, honours and awards from various sources including the European Research Council (ERC), EPSRC, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    • The Faculty is one of the most successful of this type in UK, Europe and the world. Our academic and research staff are successful in winning prestigious and highly competitive externally funded research fellowships.
    • In 2013 the Faculty was awarded the UK’s only Regius Chair of Computer Science, in recognition of our contribution to software engineering in areas such as agent technologies and open data.
    • The Faculty average annual research income from research funding and industry is in excess of £25m. 
    Facilities

    FPSE is home to several advanced research facilities including the University’s multi-million pound Clean Room complex which houses the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre and the Southampton Photonics Foundry (under the umbrella of the Zepler Institute) and the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory.

    Enterprise/Impact
    • In recent years, research activity from our Faculty has led to the formation of over 20 spin-out companies
    • Our consultancy activity has an annual turnover of over £2M
    • Our researchers file over 20 patents annually
    • Our public engagement activities reach over 5000 people each year

    This is an exciting time to lead the Faculty, which I fully expect to contribute strongly towards achieving the University’s ambitious plans for quality, sustainability, collegiality and internationalisation.

    Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi - Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
    Fellowships, honours and awards

    Our thriving research community is active within the global research community, highly valued by our many industrial collaborators, and also influential in public life. National and global recognition of our achievements includes those with significant Fellowships, honours and awards:

    Fellows of the Royal Society
    Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering
    Regius Professor in Computer Science
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