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F369 MPhys Physics with Photonics (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Photonics degree gives a more advanced understanding of optics and laser physics and their wide ranging applications in the field of photonics. Key areas of study include practical photonics, light, matter, coherent light, coherent matter, lasers and spectroscopy.

Introducing your degree

Photonics represents one of the most dynamic areas of research and development and it plays a vital role both in basic physics and applied physics and engineering.

The extraordinary growth in telecommunications over the last decade was made possible through the development of photonic systems. The application of optical techniques looks set to increase so this is a perfect time to get involved with the emerging photonics industry. At Southampton, you will be taught by staff at the top of their field, some of who are based in our Optoelectronics Research Centre  – one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research.

Programme Overview

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Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Photonics will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of optics and laser physics, which will allow you to appreciate the numerous applications, current and potential, that the field of photonics offers.

You will have the opportunity to study specialist topics at an advanced level and to acquire key generic and research scientific skills. Key areas of study include:

  • practical photonics
  • light
  • matter
  • coherent light
  • coherent matter
  • photonics, lasers and spectroscopy

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 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 and an invitation to visit the department. UCAS code: F369 Course title: MPhys Physics with Photonics Course duration: 4 years


Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1

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Year 1, Semester 2
Optional Modules
Introduction to the Nanoworld

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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
Practical Photonics
Quantum Physics of Matter
Optional Modules
The Archaeology of the Social Brain

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Year 3

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

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Year 3, Semester 2
Compulsory Core Modules
Nuclei and Particles
Theories of Matter, Space and Time

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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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