The MPhys Astrophysics with a Year Abroad will build upon the MPhys Particle Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of astronomy. 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 physics and astronomy.
In your final year, you will relocate to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Center combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of the basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. Broad programmes of astrophysical research touch on almost all major topics in astronomy including:
- star and planet formation
- extreme astronomical objects
View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course
View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course
Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics
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.
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.
Southampton is ranked in the top 15 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017, The Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017
We are in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings 2016/17)
100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)
We are first in the Russell Group for student satisfaction – 96 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students are satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2016)
Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics