The University of Southampton

F303 MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad 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 with a Research Year Abroad 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.

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The MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad 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

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:

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 4

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
An Introduction to Teachers and Teaching
Secondary Education: Critical Observations
Dynamic Landscapes
Society, Culture and Space
Dangerous World
How the Arts Work: a practical introduction to cultural economics
Knowledge and Mind
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Reason and Argument
Puzzles about Art and Literature
Faith and Reason
Existentialism and its Origins
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Energy in The Environment
Developmental Psychology
Gender & Society
The Living Earth
Business Skills for Employability
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. 

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.

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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

Particle Physics Research Project (PHYS6016)
For AY 2016/17 onwards: The stay at CERN will typically be for 8 months. Payable home accommodation will be provided by RAL staff, and tuition fees will be charged at 15% of the standard level. A £500 Southampton Opportunity scholarship will be awarded to help cover for the difference in living costs between Southampton and Geneva and the purchase of at least one return flight.

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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