Throughout our history, from pioneering work on radio engineering in the 1940s to GCHQ recognition of our cyber security expertise in 2015, Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) achievements have been recognised as changing the world, defining and developing substantial new areas of research and inspiring generations of students.
ECS research and the contribution of our researchers and alumni working in industry have played a major role in the development of global high-tech industry.
The Guardian University Guide 2018 league tables show the University of Southampton second in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
For over ten years our Computer Science and IT programmes have been ranked in the top ten by the Guardian University Guide (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
We are the top-ranked university for Telecommunications in Europe, according to the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017
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)
2015 - Southampton launched its Cyber Security Academy to help make government, businesses and consumers more resilient to cyber-attack. Our MSc in Cyber Security is awarded Provisional Certification against the GCHQ Certified Master's degree in General Cyber Security standard.
2014 - Professor Nick Jennings, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, is appointed to the UK's only Regius Chair of Computer Science, established to commemorate HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and based in ECS at the University of Southampton
2014 - The Web Science Institute is launched, bringing together world-leading multidisciplinary expertise from across the University to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today.
2012 – ECS Professors Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee receive funding of £10m from the UK Government to ensure that the benefits of Open Data are translated to the UK’s business community through the establishment of the UK's Open Data Institute
2011 – Dr Zakharia Moktadir develops a transistor made from graphene, the world’s thinnest material, with the support of new facilities in the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, Europe’s leading research cleanroom
2004 – Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, joins ECS and helps to launch the new discipline of Web Science
1990s - ECS merges with Electrical Engineering, adding the High Voltage Laboratory to its range of unique facilities
1980s – Electronics merges with Computer Science – providing a unique capability ranging from theoretical computer science to the fabrication of silicon chips
1970s - Southampton is the only UK university in which electronic circuits can be conceived, designed and made
1960s – The world’s first optical fibres are drawn in Southampton, heralding the era of global telecommunications
1950s – Southampton becomes the first UK university to launch a BSc course in Electronics
Our history dates from 1946, when Professor Eric Zepler founded the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Radio Engineering. In the 60 years since then, the initial department has been transformed, encompassing Computer Science in 1987, and Electrical Engineering in 1999.
Today ECS is the UK’s largest research grouping in the area, with around 250 academic and research staff, and 270 research students. We have around 800 undergraduate students and over 300 MSc students. We consistently receive the highest ratings for our research and are funded by UK government agencies, the European Union, and companies and agencies worldwide.
We retain our remarkable reputation for innovation in research and have pioneered hugely ground-breaking developments, for example in agent technologies, energy harvesting and smart textiles, and Web Science.
The Founding Directors of the Web Science Trust are based at Southampton and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, holds a Chair of Computer Science in ECS.
Our vision for ECS is of a vibrant community with a reputation both for the excellence and relevance of our undergraduate degrees and for the international significance of our research and scholarship, which exploits the synergies between our disciplines and embraces electronics, electrical engineering and computer science.
Achieving chartered status indicates to the wider community a high level of subject knowledge and professional competence. It provides independent recognition of your standing and experience and verifies that you are a competent, qualified and committed professional.
All our Computer Science, Information Technology in Organisations and Software Engineering programmes are accredited by the BCS. This will allow you to achieve Chartered IT Professional status. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession. The University adheres to strict standards of conduct to ensure we provide quality training that meets the standards of the Institute.
Our Electronic Engineering programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)