The University of Southampton

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 UK's research-intensive 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, Research Institutes and Future Worlds

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.

  • 14 March 2018

    5D memory crystals feature on Channel 4 news

    The work of Professor Peter Kazansky at the Optoelectronics Research Centre on 5D data storage memory crystals, has featured in a Channel4 news film.

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  • 8 March 2018

    Southampton research and innovation steers new...

    ECS Computer scientists will support key developments of global scale decentralised systems as part of a new EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum launched by the European Commission

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  • 8 March 2018

    ‘Zombie’ neutron star revived by swollen...

    Astronomers have observed a red giant star breathing life into a dead companion in the birth of a rare binary system.

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  • Message from the Dean

    FPSE cleanroom

    “Our Faculty is home to world-class fabrication facilities and I welcome the news that Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) catalyst funding is going to enable students from other universities to also take advantage of these valuable resources.

    “The Optoelectronics Research Centre has been at the forefront of photonics research for decades and this investment, together with added support from major industry partners, will enhance graduate outcomes and employability. This is important because it will help to address the national skills shortage in photonics and contribute to our longer-term UK productivity in this field.”

    Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi FREng FIEEE

    Read the full story in the FPSE news section.

    Electronics and Computer Science Facilities

    Discover the state-of-the art facilities used by ECS students

    Visit our Electronics and Computer Science Website

    Physics & Astronomy

    Our students and alumni discuss life in Physics & Astronomy - hear their stories

    Visit our Physics & Astronomy website
    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: around 1400 undergraduates, 300 taught postgraduates, and 525 PhDs
    • Student employability: 2nd in the UK's Russell Group for graduate prospects for Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Complete University Guide 2018
    • National Student Survey scores: Student satisfaction stands at 99% in both Physics & Astronomy and Electronic & Electrical Engineering

    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), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    • The Faculty is one of the most successful of its type in 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 Professorship of Computer Science, an honour bestowed by The Queen to institutions of exceptionally high quality teaching and research. The prestigious title was created in recognition of our contribution to software engineering in areas such as agent technologies and open data
    • The Faculty's average annual research income from research funding and industry is around £28m

    The Faculty 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.

    • The University's Future Worlds business incubator, which was founded in the Faculty in September 2015, supports entrepreneurs with their start-up and spin-out ideas
    • ECS Partners, a professional consultancy company engaged in short-term enterprise projects, has a turnover of £1.9m
    • Our researchers have filed over 60 patents in the past three years
    • Our public engagement activities are inspiring the public, with the award winning Southampton Science and Engineering Day supported by over 800 vounteers from the Faculty
    • Outreach and public engagement activities in Physics and Astronomy reached more than 26,000 people last year

    We continue to grow our world-renowned excellence in education and research in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, driven by the ambition and achievement of empowered departments to help achieve the University's plans for quality, sustainability, collegiality and internationalisation.

    Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi - Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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