Living Southampton

Research in Southampton

World-class research, which impacts on society across the globe, takes place at the University of Southampton. The University’s facilities help make it one of the best learning environments in the UK and include a flight simulator, wind tunnels, a supercomputer and a high voltage laboratory.


Some of our latest ground breaking research includes:

  • Exploring physics at the beginning of time to help us understand the nature of the universe
  • Undertaking research funded by the Alzheimer’s Society to investigate the links between dementia and chronic stress
  • Understanding how London’s trees can improve air quality, not only by consuming CO2, but by filtering out pollution particles that damage human health
  • Creating partnerships between people and computers, enabling a new era in crisis management to tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges

Find out more about the latest research or watch our video below on how Southampton is changing the world.

The University is home to a number of world-leading research centres including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Institute for Life Sciences, the Web Science Trust and Doctoral training Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. It provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities; sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey; data management, and scientific advice. Marine science national capability is provided to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) by NOC working in conjunction with Delivery Partners.