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F3FM MPhys with Astronomy (4 Years)

Our four-year MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree gives a more advanced understanding of high-energy astronomy and compact objects with the opportunity for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory, Tenerife. Key areas covered include the physics of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

Introducing your degree

Physics and astronomy are dynamic subjects that are continually being developed by new discoveries and innovations.

You will be taught by research active physicists who have an outstanding international reputation in their research areas.

Programme Overview

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Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Astronomy will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of high-energy astronomy and the study of compact objects.

Key areas of study include:

  • physics of the solar system
  • stellar evolution
  • galaxies
  • cosmology

You will cover topics such as solar flares, white dwarfs, black holes and quasars.

In the second year, our top students have the opportunity to visit Tenerife for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory.

In your final year, you will study specialist topics at an advanced level and to acquire key generic and research scientific skills. You will also get involved with cutting-edge research projects, which often involve working with the latest results from international observatories.

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

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: F3FM Course title: MPhys Physics with Astronomy Course duration: 4 years


Career Opportunities

At Southampton MPhys programmes are designed around problem-based learning rather than simple knowledge transfer, helping you to understand the core principles of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism.  Your interpretations of these will shape your own theories about the universe. 

This Astronomy combination specialises in high-energy astronomy and the study of compact objects.  It also includes stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology, and a field trip to Tenerife in year two.

Southampton degree programmes are structured to offer a broad amount of choice, while ensuring an overall coherence to your individual selections.

All our courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and the department is one of just five in the UK to be consistently ranked as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

First-class MPhys students will have the chance to spend their final year immersed in a research environment.  Astronomers may attend the Harvard Smithsonian Institute in the USA.  Limited places on these programmes are open through competition to our top students at the end of the second year.


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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