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F303 MPhys Physics (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics degree allows more advanced understanding and specialisation for students intending to become professional physicists. In addition to core modules you can choose from a wide variety of optional modules, allowing you to tailor the course to your own interests and develop highly sought after professional skills.

Introducing your degree

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

Our distinctive MPhys Physics will build upon the BSc Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of physics. It is designed for students who intend to become professional physicists and allows extra specialisation and the development of key professional skills.

Programme Overview

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All programmes are based on a core physics curriculum. As well as studying our core physics courses you can choose two options a year including the option courses on our specialist MPhys degree programmes.

A key outcome is a project in your final year. You will work on the project with one of your peers and have access to the expertise of a nominated member of academic staff at the top of their profession.

You don’t have to choose between the three-year course and the four-year course when you first enrol. However, we generally recommend that you enrol initially for the four-year MPhys.

Whichever programme you choose you will gain a solid understanding and knowledge of the main areas of physics.

The MPhys Physics programme includes the following degree programmes:

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

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:

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 Physics Course duration: 4 years


Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1

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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

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

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Year 2, Other
Optional Modules
Part 3 Elective

Year 3

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

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Year 3, Other
Optional Modules
Part 3 Elective

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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