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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.

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.

Programme Overview

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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 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 20 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide 2015

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

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

97 per cent of students were satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2015)

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

For direct entry to all our three or four year degree courses, we require three subjects at A level, grades AAA, with A grades in Mathematics and Physics.

International Baccalaureate

If you are taking IB, we require 36 points, 18 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics 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


Year 1

Year 1, Semester 2
Core Modules
Waves, Light and Quanta
Energy and Matter
Physics Skills 2

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Year 2

Year 2, Semester 1
Core Modules
Quantum Physics
Physics from Evidence I
Wave Physics
Optional Modules

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Year 2, Semester 2
Core Modules
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Physics of Matter

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- hide 15 additional optional modules...

Year 3

Year 3, Semester 1
Core Modules
Crystalline Solids
Atomic Physics
Compulsory Modules

+ show 6 additional optional modules...

- hide 6 additional optional modules...

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.


Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

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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