The University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the best places in the world to study electronics and electrical engineering, computer science and IT with state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment housed in superb laboratories. Take a video tour to discover what our students say about the facilities.

State-of-the-art undergraduate labs

Our Zepler Building is the heart of undergraduate study and home to our Computing and our Electronics and Electrical Engineering labs. Recent £4m refurbishment ensures that students have access to the latest high-end kit.

Cleanroom laboratories

Our New Mountbatten Building houses one of the world’s leading cleanroom laboratory complexes for materials and device research in diverse fields ranging from electronics through to photonics and bionanotechnology.

High Voltage Laboratory

The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory is one of only a handful of similar facilities in Europe. It contains a full range of equipment to support ECS research and consultancy in high voltage engineering.

Telecommunications Labs

The Telecommunications laboratories consist of three facilities that have benefitted from extensive investment. They are fitted with equipment required to undertake optical transmission and data processing.

Nanofabrication Cleanroom

The Southampton Nanofabrication Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for microfabrication and high-spec nanofabrication, as well as a wide range of characterisation capabilities housed in the New Mountbatten Complex.

Silica Fibre Facilities

The imposing Silica Fibre facilities occupy over 160 sq.m of class 10,000 cleanroom space and comprise state-of-the-art fabrication equipment. The facility is capable of producing standard preforms and optical fibre.

Biometrics Laboratory

This lab is used primarily for collecting complex biometric data. We acquire images of a walking subject, their face and ear. We pioneered using gait as a biometric and were amongst the first to show that people can be recognised by their ear shape.


This clean room provides a range of equipment for device and material characterisation. Plan view imaging of a sample surface can be performed using field emission scanning electron microscopy, helium ion microscopy and scanning probe microscopy.

Computing Laboratory

View the architects impressions and technical specifications for the Computing Laboratory

EEE Laboratory

View the architects impressions and specifications for the new Electrical and Electronic Engineering Laboratory


Find out more about our research facilities

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