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.

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 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
  • 10 January 2020

    Exploding stars algorithm to be trained to...

    Our astrophysicists are adapting an automated algorithm used for monitoring supernovae explosions to detect the early signs of skin cancer.

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  • 9 January 2020

    Quantum innovation promises 'cold atoms in your...

    Physicists from the University of Southampton have unveiled the first design for a portable atomic clock at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020.

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  • 7 January 2020

    Scientists explore low-energy approach to probe...

    Physicists have conducted an innovative low-energy experiment that tests the unexplained interface between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

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