The University of Southampton

Who we are

In Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), we have created an environment that has inspired an extraordinary level of achievement. ECS is one of the best places in the world to study electronics and electrical engineering, computer science and IT.

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 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.


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


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

Key facts

The Guardian University Guide 2019 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 100 universities for both Computer Science and Electrical & Electronic Engineering in the 2018 QS World Rankings, and top 10 in the UK

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 2018

The University holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award for our work in tackling gender inequality in science and engineering