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F303 MPhys Physics with Particle Physics (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Particle Physics degree gives a more advanced understanding of particle physics and is intended for our top MPhys students who plan to study for a PhD. Students will also have the opportunity to work at CERN in Geneva in their final year.

Introducing your degree

We are committed to excellence in research and teaching and provide an in-depth understanding of modern physics.

Our distinctive MPhys Particle Physics is available to our first-class MPhys students who will be given the opportunity to spend their final year immersed in a research environment at CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva.

Programme Overview

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The MPhys Particle Physics will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of particle physics. This flagship programme is intended for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD. We aim to give you the skills and experience that will put you ahead of your peers.

Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first-class students – typically you will move into the programme in your second year. Your courses will then be carefully coordinated to fast track you in three years to the frontier of knowledge in particle physics.

Your final year will be spent at CERN contributing to work on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment, where you can help build detectors and analyse their data. The LHC is the highest energy proton collider ever constructed and results from the programme are expected to revolutionise our understanding of physics.

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 modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests

To Apply

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

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

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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 IB, we require 36 points, 18 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics and Physics.

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.
UCAS code: F303
Course title: MPhys Particle Physics
Course duration: 4 years


Year 1

Year 1, Semester 2

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Year 2

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

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

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Year 3

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

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Year 3, Semester 2
Compulsory Core Modules
Nuclei and Particles
Theories of Matter, Space and Time
Compulsory Modules
Particle Physics
Computer Techniques in Physics

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Year 4

Year 4, Full Academic Year
Compulsory Core Modules
Particle Physics Research Project

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. 

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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