Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is world renowned for the work of its three major research groups; Astronomy, Quantum, Light & Matter and Theoretical Particle Physics.
We are ranked in the top 5 Physics & Astronomy departments in the Russell Group for our research output and our teaching is research-led, which means that our students learn from the best.
Our world-leading status has been confirmed in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014:
- 94% of Physics and Astronomy research output has been assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
- 100% of the impact of its research on society is rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
The Astronomy Group, are world experts in the study of compact stellar objects. They observe x-ray and gamma-ray sources and are leaders in the Integral space mission. The Space Environment Physics Group within the Astronomy Group, study the Earth's upper atmosphere and magnetosphere and its interaction with the Sun.
The Quantum, Light & Matter Group explores how matter interacts at the smallest and fastest scales, and is partnered with two major internationally renowned centres: the UK NanoPhotonics Centre, and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).
The Theoretical Particle Physics Group studies the strong and weak nuclear forces, and the origin of particles' masses. The group is a leading player in the large UK Lattice QCD computer collaboration.