The University of Southampton

We’re ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for physics, and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. We've also been in the top three for overall student satisfaction in the Russell Group* in the National Student Survey for the last four years.

We consistently receive high ratings for research which means our students learn from physicists and astronomers who are world leaders in their field. Importantly, we also offer a range of exciting and unique placement opportunities with partner organisations such as CERN and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

Find out why we're one of the best places in the world to study physics and astronomy

 *Not all Russell Group universities are returned in the National Student survey every year

Flagship Degrees

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 Practitioner

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
  • 12 December 2018

    Turkish scientist to address neutron star...

    Astrophysicist Onur Benli will explore the complex dynamics of neutron stars in new research at the University of Southampton funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

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  • 3 December 2018

    Scientists reach new milestone in the...

    An international group of astronomers have performed unprecedented analysis of gas spinning in a whirlpool around a gigantic black hole.

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  • 2 November 2018

    Southampton physicist’s ‘exceptionally...

    Quantum physicist Dr Simone De Liberato has been recognised as an outstanding researcher through the awarding of a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

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    @AstroPhysSoton - 05 December
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