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F3GC MPhys Physics with Mathematics (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Mathematics degree gives you a greater breadth and depth of study of physics and mathematics in relation to problem solving. Key areas of study include general relativity, topology, number theory, mathematics of finance and theoretical physics.

Introducing your degree

Mathematics is the fundamental language of physics and this programme will allow you to explore it in detail. With the concentration of experts in mathematics in Southampton, our Physics with Mathematics programme is undoubtedly one of the best in the UK.  

Our large theoretical physics group concentrates on particle physics and the University is renowned for its work in pure and applied maths (including general relativity), as well as operational research and statistics.

Programme Overview

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Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Mathematics will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of physics and mathematics in relation to problem solving. In your final year, you will take at least one Masters level mathematics course that will give you first-hand experience of the forefront of mathematics.

Key areas of study include:

  • general relativity
  • topology
  • number theory
  • mathematics of finance
  • theoretical physics

View the programme specification document for this course



Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

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 and an invitation to visit the department. UCAS code: F3GC Course title: MPhys Physics with Mathematics Course duration: 4 years


Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1
Compulsory Modules
Linear Algebra I

Year 1, Semester 2
Compulsory Modules
Linear Algebra II

Year 2

Year 2, Semester 1
Compulsory Core Modules
Quantum Physics
Physics from Evidence I
Wave Physics
Compulsory Modules
Vector Calculus and Complex Variable

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

Year 3

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

Year 3, Semester 2
Compulsory Core Modules
Nuclei and Particles
Theories of Matter, Space and Time
Compulsory Modules
Relativity, Blackholes and Cosmology
Optional Modules
Physics from Evidence II
Computer Techniques in Physics

Year 4

Year 4, Full Academic Year
Compulsory Core Modules
MPhys Project

Year 4, Semester 2
Optional Modules
Gravitational Waves
Advanced General Relativity

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 actuaries and statisticians to crime analysts, scientific journalists and medical researchers.


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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