The University of Southampton

In Physics and Astronomy at Southampton we are passionate about educating the next generation of physicists and proud of our world-leading research. We're ranked fourth in the Russell Group for satisfaction with course and teaching (Guardian University Guide, 2020) and 100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2014). 

“An inspiring and friendly department, located in a fantastically serene and beautiful campus! What better place to be and enjoy studying!”
Stefani Petropoulou
MPhys Physics with Astronomy, third year

Find out why we’re one of the best places in the UK to study physics.


Our four flagship programmes offer exciting research opportunities, including spending a year at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, or CERN in Geneva.

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Welcome to Physics and Astronomy

Hear from current students and alumni on what they love about Physics and Astronomy at Southampton.

Athena SWAN

We are tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

IoP Juno Champion

We are working to address the under-representation of women in university physics


We are part of the South East Physics Network

I want to take forward all that I have learnt in my degree and on my year abroad and continue researching in astronomy.

Mark Graham - MPhys Astrophysics with a Year Abroad

Centres of Excellence

Researchers from across Engineering and Physical Sciences are addressing national and global challenges in four new Centres of Excellence. These Centres are cross-disciplinary and will forge new links that transform the research landscape.

  • 18 May 2020

    Southampton professor awarded international...

    Professor Alexey Kavokin has been honoured with the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS) Quantum Devices Award for a scientific discovery that led to a novel form of semiconductor lasers.

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  • 30 April 2020

    Future Leaders Fellow to help unlock...

    Dr Marcus Newton will use novel X-ray imaging to expand the understanding of multifunctional ferroic materials in a new Future Leaders Fellowship at the University of Southampton.

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  • 28 April 2020

    Explore the Northern Lights with Aurora Zoo

    Southampton space physicists are appealing for thousands of members of the public to help them discover more about the phenomenon of the Northern Lights <i>Aurora Borealis.</i>

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Growth and performance of pulsed laser deposited indium oxide thin-film holographic recorders - C. Grivas, S. Mailis, L. Boutsikaris, D.S. Gill, N.A. Vainos and P.J. Chandler
    Type: Article | 1998 | Item not available on this server.
    Dataset for: Imaging through highly scattering environments using ballistic and quasi-ballistic light in a common-path Sagnac interferometer - Otto Muskens, Zeina Nazer, Allard P. Mosk and Jesse Dykes
    Type: Dataset | 2020 | University of Southampton
    Micro- and nano-tomography at the DIAMOND beamline I13L imaging and coherence - C. Rau, A. Bodey, M. Storm, S. Cipiccia, S. Marathe, M.C. Zdora, I. Zanette, U. Wagner, D. Batey and X. Shi
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2017 | SPIE
    Optical control of couplings in polariton condensate lattices - Sergey Alyatkin, Julian, Dominic Toepfer, Alexis Askitopoulos, Helgi Sigurdsson and Pavlos Lagoudakis
    Type: Letter | 2020 | Item availability restricted.
    Data for Optical Control of Couplings in Polariton Condensate Lattices - Sergey Alyatkin, Julian, Dominic Toepfer, Alexis Askitopoulos, Helgi Sigurdsson and Pavlos Lagoudakis
    Type: Dataset | 2020 | University of Southampton