Highfield / Highfield - ECS - Electronics & Computer Science

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Developments in digital technology are genuinely changing the world; join the next generation of computer scientists and play a part in shaping our future.

A computer science degree from Southampton will give you the ideal mixture of skills to go into the wide range of industries which look to our graduates for their excellent expertise. You will learn a real mixture of theory and practice in an exciting environment. Not only are the computing facilities world class but the lecturers are also leaders in their fields. Studying in ECS means you have the opportunity to work on leading-edge research in individual projects and interact with research teams developing the next generation of computing technologies.

Our degrees:

BSc Computer Science

MEng Computer Science

MEng Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

MEng Computer Science with Cyber Security

MEng Computer Science with Industrial Studies

BEng Software Engineering

MEng Software Engineering

MEng Software Engineering with Industrial Studies

Electrical Engineering

Prepare to play a leading role in one of today’s most critical industries, and contribute to the development of a smarter, greener and more secure electric power grid.

Electrical engineering is all about the generation and control of electricity, its distribution for use in homes and industry, and the design of large-scale machinery. Our degrees will give you a thorough grounding in all these areas and could take you in any number of interesting directions. You could find yourself improving the integration of sustainable power sources to the grid, detecting and repairing faults to prevent outages, or designing next-generation components to upgrade the ageing power infrastructure.

Our degrees

BEng Electrical Engineering

MEng Electrical Engineering

MEng Electrical Engineering with Industrial Studies

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Prepare for an exciting career in one of the many sectors where electronic and electrical engineering meet – from electric vehicle design to the development of smart biomedical devices.

Electronics is all about the components and systems that make electronic devices work, while electrical engineering deals with the generation, distribution and use of electricity on a large scale. Our accredited degrees combine our exceptional training in both disciplines and will equip you to design new technologies in the many sectors where knowledge of both is crucial. Smarter energy distribution, more efficient hybrid vehicles, cleaner power generation and intelligent robotics are just some examples.

Our degrees

BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies

Mechatronic Engineering

From the precision robotics used in manufacturing, to the microsensors in smartphones, mechatronic systems are essential to today’s technologies. Prepare for a leading role in the development of tomorrow’s intelligent machines.

On our Mechatronic Engineering* degrees you’ll study mechanical engineering and electronics, alongside elements of programming, sensor technology and control engineering, and learn how these disciplines come together in the design of high-tech mechatronic systems. With a technical and professional skill set that is in huge demand, you’ll have excellent career prospects in a wide range of sectors; biomedical technologies, sustainable energy generation and automotive engineering are just a few examples.

Our degrees:

BEng Mechatronic Engineering

MEng Mechatronic Engineering

MEng Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Studies

*Formerly known as Electromechanical Engineering

Electronic Engineering

From communications systems to medical devices and artificial intelligence tools, advances in electronics transform all our lives. Discover how you can play a part in developing the next generation of world-changing technologies.

On our electronic engineering degrees you’ll learn about the components and systems that enable electronic devices to operate. You’ll learn to solve problems by designing, building and testing new electronic systems and you could also study the latest advances in areas such as quantum technology and photonics (the science of light), from researchers who are expanding our knowledge in these fields.

Our degrees

BEng Electronic Engineering

MEng Electronic Engineering

MEng Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence

MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems

MEng Electronic Engineering with Mobile and Secure Systems

MEng Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology

MEng Electronic Engineering with Photonics

MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communications

MEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies

Information Technology in Organisations

Filling the gap between computer science and organisational applications of IT systems, the ITO programmes provide access to outstanding computing facilities and learning resources.

One hundred per cent of our students in work six months after graduating are in professional or managerial positions (NSS, 2014).The BSc Information Technology in Organisations is offered as a three-year Bachelor of Science programme, while the MComp Information Technology in Organisations is an integrated Master of Computing programme over four years. The MComp offers advanced technical options and a group design project in year four. It also meets the academic requirements of the British Computer Society, enabling you to achieve Chartered IT Professional status in the shortest time.

Web Science

This unique cross-disciplinary programme combines the social and technical understandings of the web and is based on world-leading research and postgraduate education in web science.

This new degree enables you to choose between two specialist pathways: BSc Web Science (Computer Science) and BSc Web Science (Social Science). On both pathways, there is a shared core curriculum, which develops a critical understanding of the web. You will examine social and technological approaches to understanding the web, as well as the disciplines, research methods and theory used to analyse and develop it. In your final year, you may choose an individual research project, drawing on a range of disciplines and methods.

Zepler Building and Zepler Institute

The University of Southampton’s Zepler Institute (ZI) is a unique multidisciplinary research centre that brings together world-leading expertise in photonics, quantum technologies and nanoscience.

The largest photonics and electronics institute in the UK, ZI membership stands at over 350 staff and Phd. students led by Director Professor Sir David Payne. Facilities comprise around 100 laboratories, including those based in the University's £120M cutting-edge Zepler Institute Cleanroom Complex.

Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton

At the heart of undergraduate study in ECS is the Zepler Building with its excellent computer lab with the latest high-end equipment and state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching and project labs for electronics and electrical engineering.

Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton is renowned worldwide. Our state-of-the-art facilities are based in the Zepler Building/Institute, Mountbatten BuildingTony Davies High Voltage LaboratoryIridis Supercomputer and Web Science Institute.

As an undergraduate student, you will be taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, tackling some of today's biggest challenges.

Our excellent facilities, key partnerships with major industries and a world-leading research base ensure that your time studying with us will be productive, challenging and enjoyable. The range of degree programmes we offer will ensure you get the best possible start in your future career.

Electronics and Computer Science - taught courses

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is unique in the UK in its integration of electronics and computer science, its distinguished record of research success and the scale of its research activities.

Research within Electronics and Computer Science has been making a life-changing impact on society for more than 50 years; many of the major developments in today’s technology have come as a result of our innovation. We are proud of our world-leading research groups that have been constantly evolving in response to new technology and, on our postgraduate degrees, you will work alongside internationally respected academics to address some of today’s biggest challenges.

Our degrees: MSc Artificial IntelligenceMSc Computer ScienceMSc Cyber SecurityMSc Data ScienceMSc Electronic EngineeringMSc Embedded SystemsMSc Energy and Sustainability with Electrical Power EngineeringMSc Microelectronics Systems DesignMSc Micro and NanotechnologyMSc Software EngineeringMSc System on ChipMSc Systems, Control and Signal ProcessingMSc Web ScienceMSc Web TechnologyMSc Wireless Communications

Electronics and Computer Science - research

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for world-class 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 and web science.

Optoelectronics Research Centre - research

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is a world- leading research institute in photonics and laser technology. Led by Professor Sir David Payne, its roots date to the birth of lasers and optical communications, nearly 50 years ago.

Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment.

We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to create some history. Our PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.

Aerospace Electronic Engineering

Modern aerospace systems rely heavily on electronics and the demand for these skills is increasing. Prepare for a career in the industry and help design the aircraft and spacecraft of the future.

Our Aerospace Electronic Engineering degrees gives you a unique opportunity to learn about core areas of electronics and gain specialist knowledge of aerospace electronic systems. You’ll learn from experts with real industry experience; our academics have worked on projects with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). With flying cars under development, a boom in private space companies and big challenges such as greener air travel to solve, it’s an exciting time to join the aerospace industry.

Our degrees:

BEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering

MEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering

MEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies

Biomedical Electronic Engineering

Harness the power of electronics and prepare for a leading role in the health technology sector, where your innovations can be truly life changing.

Our unique biomedical electronic engineering degrees combine our highly regarded electronics training with the study of biomedicine, taught by researchers who are spearheading developments in biomedical electronics. You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills to design sensors, apps and digital systems for a range of applications, from rehabilitation following a stroke to the management of conditions such as diabetes. The biomedical electronics course will equip you for a career in a thriving sector, where your innovations will have real-world impact.

Our degrees:

BEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering

MEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering

MEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies