The University of Southampton

Physics and Astronomy at Southampton is rated 4th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017) and top within the Russell Group for overall satisfaction (NSS 2016).

We consistently receive the highest rating for research which means our students learn from physicists and astronomers who are world leaders in their field.

Find out why we're one of the best places in the world to study Physics and Astronomy

Flagship Degrees

These programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, or the world renowned CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva.

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Athena SWAN

We are tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

IoP Juno Practitioner

We are working to address the under-representation of women in university physics


We are part of the South East Physics Network

Welcome to Physics and Astronomy

Hear from current students and alumni on what they love about Physics and Astronomy at Southampton.

I want to take forward all that I have learnt in my degree and on my year abroad and continue researching in astronomy.

Mark Graham - MPhys Physics with Astronomy (with a Year Abroad)
  • 30 March 2017

    Pioneering Future Worlds startup incubator is...

    The University of Southampton has been celebrated as a national leader in student entrepreneurship after being named a runner-up in the 2017 Guardian University Awards for its Future Worlds startup incubator. Future Worlds was highlighted in a shortlist of three finalists for Entrepreneurship at a ceremony in London on Wednesday evening.

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  • 20 March 2017

    Star discovered in closest known orbit around...

    A group of astronomers, including a team from the University of Southampton, have found evidence of a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a likely black hole and a companion star.

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  • 17 March 2017

    Discover PlayDoh planets and a live planetarium...

    Enquiring minds can lose themselves in over 120 hands-on activities, talks, shows and tours this Saturday at the University of Southampton’s 15th Science and Engineering Day.

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