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F303 MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement offers top performing students an opportunity to spend approximately six months working on an original, research and development (R&D) project in an industrial laboratory.

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Introducing your degree

MPhys programmes taught at Southampton provide sound and stimulating, as well as supportive, intellectual environment. They aim to provide enjoyable and high quality learning experience, preparing students well for their future professional careers. 

In choosing to study physics, you will gain in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental physics, and also have the opportunity to appreciate its different aspects and role, in for example, applications or in multi-disciplinary research and technology.

You’ll be studying within a leading Physics and Astronomy department, ranked 4th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017.

 We’re also 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction – 96 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students said they were satisfied with their course in the latest National Student Survey (2016).


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In the final years of MPhys, there are opportunities to study specialist subjects to advanced level as well as develop key scientific research and transferable skills, important for both physics and wider working environment careers.  In the fourth year, there are also options for students interested in research to pursue projects at the cutting edge of science and learn important experimental and theoretical techniques.  

MPhys with Industrial Placement (MPhys with IP) complements those existing schemes within Physics and Astronomy, by offering an opportunity to spend six months working on an original, research and development (R&D) project in an industrial laboratory. It aims to provide students with valuable, practical experience and equip them particularly well for future jobs in industrial research and development.  

The placements typically involve working on a project within an industrial laboratory from a specialist area of physics or related technology.

Places on this programme are strictly limited and applications are made through MPhys Physics (F303).

View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course


Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory and optional modules.

Students can transfer easily between the BSc (Physics) and MPhys programmes until the end of year two. The final year of the MPhys with Industrial Placement, is spent performing a full time research project either in an academic research group or in a local industrial partner.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications for this path should be made through MPhys Physics (F303)

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

Southampton is ranked in the top 15 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017, The Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017

We are in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings 2016/17)

100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

We are first in the Russell Group for student satisfaction – 96 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students are satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2016)

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAA, including AA in Mathematics and Physics.

International Baccalaureate

If you are taking an IB, we require 34 points with 18 at Higher Level including 6 in Maths and Physics.

Alternative qualifications:

Alternative qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

International applicants:

We welcome applications from international students. Visit our international site for more information about our international student community, support and how to apply.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. Please apply to UCAS Code F303, course title: MPhys Physics, duration: 4 years


Additional optional modules

Year 1
Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
Human Origins
The Development of Archaeological & Anthropological Thought
Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Criminology
Criminal Justice Studies
Primary Education: Critical Observations
Secondary Education: Critical Observations
Dynamic Landscapes
Society, Culture and Space
Dangerous World
How the Arts Work: a practical introduction to cultural economics
Introduction to International Relations
Knowledge and Mind
Political Philosophy
Reason and Argument
Philosophy of Science
Developmental Psychology
Collective Action and Social Change
The Living Earth
Global Health
Living and Working on the Web
Ethics in a Complex World
Global Challenges
The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
Online Social Networks
Pathological Mechanisms of Disease
The Human Brain and Society
Intercultural communication in a global world
Economics with Experiments
More or Less
Social Enterprise
The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines
Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde
Body and Society
Engineering Replacement Body Parts
Making Sense out of senses: How the Brain Works
Living and Working on the Web

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

The industrial placement ensures you gain that vital work experience which will put you one step ahead of your peers.

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching. 

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from medical physics, scientific journalism, teaching, law and medical research.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Communicating and Teaching and The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (PHYS3019)
Please note that students are required to pay for their travel costs to and from the schools they work with during the module.  However travel costs will be reimbursed on production of travel receipts.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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