The University of Southampton

Who we are

In Physics and Astronomy, we are proud of our academic record and are consistently ranked amongst the top Physics and Astronomy departments in the UK.

We have a long-standing reputation for world-leading research in the fields of astronomy, quantum, light and matter, and theoretical particle physics.

We are dedicated to providing high quality physics teaching and have invested heavily in all our research groups, teaching activities and facilities to maintain our status as one of the very top institutions for physics in the world.

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. Our range of stimulating and cutting-edge degree programmes will ensure you are a step ahead in the global jobs market. 

99% overall student satisfaction

99% of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey, 2017)

Accreditation

We were commended by the IoP for our friendly staff-student relationship

Top quality marks

86% of our MPhys students achieved a 2.1 or 1st class degree in 2014/15

QS World Rankings 2016

We are placed in the top 10 in the UK and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy

REF 2014

100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society

Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate programmes provide a solid grounding for a future career in physics and astronomy and for any career requiring well-developed analytical and quantitative skills.

Postgraduate study

Closely linked to our world-leading research, our postgraduate programmes offer opportunities in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Space Environment Physics and Quantum, Light and Matter.

Research

Our research in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Space Environment Physics and Quantum, Light and Matter covers a wide range of physics, and has been recognised for its outstanding international quality in the most recent Research Assessment

Outreach and public engagement

Physics and Astronomy has a wide-ranging programme of community outreach and public engagement activities to bring our exciting discipline to a wider audience.

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