University of Southampton

Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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 Units 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.

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 UGs, 300 PGTs, and 525 PGRs.
  • Student employability (over 93% in CS and EEE) and NSS scores (over 90% in EEE & P&A)

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.

  • Our Faculty is one of the most successful faculty of this type in UK, Europe and the world the faculty academic and research staff are successful in winning prestigious and highly competitive external funded research fellowships
  • Currently our staff have 15 fellowships from various sources including the European Research Council (ERC), EPSRC, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of engineering.
  • 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

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
 

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