The University of Southampton

Our research

Research takes place in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment and draws on our outstanding facilities. With over 550 researchers from many different subject backgrounds, the research culture in ECS is fast-changing and dynamic.

Examples of technologies in which ECS research has been fundamentally transformative in recent years include:

  • agent technologies
  • digital libraries
  • environmental modelling
  • e-science
  • high voltage engineering
  • machine learning
  • spintronics
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • web science

ECS also incorporates two doctoral training centres – in web science and complex systems simulation.

Key facts: Research Excellence Framework 2014

First in the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research.

97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research.

100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Who we are

Professor Paul Lewin
Professor Paul Lewin, Head of Electronics and Computer Science

We offer a world-leading education in a world-leading research environment. Our degree programmes provide intensive and challenging courses, which will prepare you fully for roles in business and industry, as well as research and development. We have superb facilities and our internationally renowned teaching and research have been ranked among the highest in the UK.

Our research is carried out in eight world-leading research groups, we host national research centres and unique facilities, and have a well-deserved reputation for enterprise and the establishment of spin-off companies. With around 550 researchers, ECS has unrivalled depth and breadth of expertise in world-leading research, new developments and their applications.

Our innovation and creativity make ECS a great place for our students to thrive. Excellent facilities, key partnerships with major industries and a world-leading research base ensure that your time studying with us will be productive, challenging, enjoyable and will set you on the road to future success.

Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate programmes provide a solid grounding for a future career in electronics and computer science.

Postgraduate study

Closely linked to our world-leading research, our postgraduate programmes offer opportunities to fast-track your career.

Research

Working with industry and government, our researchers are addressing some of the key problems facing the world today.

Enterprise

We have built strong links with industry, sharing our knowledge, expertise and world-class facilities.

Key facts

The Guardian University Guide 2018 league tables show the University of Southampton second in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering and our Computer Science programmes have been in the top ten in this guide for more than 10 years (2008-2017)

The Times Good University Guide 2018 shows our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK, and Computer Science in the top ten

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2017 QS World Rankings

We are first in the UK for the volume and quality of our research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and 100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

We are the top-ranked university for Telecommunications in Europe, according to the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for our work in tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

Postgraduate study

Masters of Science graduates

Recent MSc graduates from India, Cyprus, Mexico, Greece and the UK share their experiences as an Electronics and Computer Science student at the University of Southampton

Taught courses

All our taught degrees are one year Master of Science (MSc) programmes. They consist of two semesters of taught modules followed by an individual research project during the summer. The taught modules in the first semester are usually compulsory for the particular MSc stream, while the second semester allows you to select a wide range of optional modules across the spectrum. During the summer project you will work under the supervision of  an academic member of staff towards your dissertation.

World-class facilities

We are proud of our unrivalled ECS facilities with state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment housed in superb laboratories. The Mountbatten Building is one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary state-of-the-art cleanroom complexes, providing flexible research space for nanotechnology and photonics. The building provides a research base for the ECS Nano research group, and the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre.  The Tony Davies HV Laboratory is an active centre for research into dielectric materials and insulation systems, as well as high voltage and related phenomena. We do also have ECS Computing Laboratories with permanent help desk support and even computing facilities specifically reserved for MSc students

Securing your future career

As well as pushing the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field, you will have opportunities to develop the attributes that are vital for success in today’s global employment market. We are proud of the fact that we have one of the best employment records of all UK Universities

Studying with us

We provide a friendly and welcoming environment in which to study, and excellent facilities and resources to support your learning.

Student accomodation

We offer a wide variety of rooms in our halls of residence to suit every student’s needs and budget.

Visit us

Join us at a postgraduate open day to explore our programmes in more depth

Key facts

We lead the UK for the volume and quality of our research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and 100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

The Guardian University Guide 2018 league tables show the University of Southampton second in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering and, for over ten years, our Computer Science and IT programmes have been ranked in their top ten (2008-2017)

We are number one in the UK for graduate prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and are ranked second in the UK’s prestigious Russell Group for graduate prospects in Computer Science by the Complete University Guide 2018

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2017 QS World Rankings

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for our work in tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

Undergraduate study

Find a course

From artificial intelligence and multimedia to electrical engineering and computer science, we can help meet your ambitions.

Visit us

Visiting the University is a great opportunity to see the campus and find out what it’s really like to live and study here.

Free online courses

Sample learning with our academics and experts through our free online courses.

How to apply

Once you’ve chosen a course, the next step is to make an application through UCAS, find out how here.

Facilities

We've spent over £4m on new laboratories, read more about the facilities and developments.

Money matters

Find out about our scholarships, prizes, loans and other financial support that might be available to you.

Studying in ECS

Meet some of our current students and discover what they enjoy about studying in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

Explore our undergraduate courses

We’re proud to have achieved excellent results in the latest National Student Survey, 2017. We rank second for overall satisfaction in Electronic and Electrical Engineering out of all UK Higher Education Institutes.

Southampton is one of the best places in the world to study electronics and electrical engineering, computer science and IT degrees. Through our research led teaching and exceptional industry connections, we prepare you for future challenges not yet imagined and jobs not yet thought of.

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    Research excellence

    100% of our Computer Science research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent

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