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 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2021, 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.

Studying Physics and Astronomy

Third-year student Sai talks about his experiences.

Flagship degrees

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge research on one of our exciting flagship degrees. Join a prestigious global organisation as part of your degree, such as CERN or Harvard, and work alongside leaders in the field.

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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 chose to study at Southampton because the University offers a flagship degree course for top performers to spend a year abroad at CERN.

William Smith - MPhys Particle Physics with a Research 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.

  • 15 October 2020

    Rare blast of light reveals star's dramatic...

    Astronomers have recorded a rare glimpse of a star being shredded into thin streams of spaghetti-like material by a supermassive black hole.

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  • 14 October 2020

    Black hole vanishing act offers new insight...

    The mysterious disappearance of a black hole some 300 million light-years from Earth may have been caused by a runaway star being torn apart in a new space phenomenon.

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  • 29 September 2020

    Polaritonics research develops new artificial...

    An international research collaboration led by physicists from the University of Southampton has demonstrated a non-invasive optical method to access quantum physics in artificial lattices.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Spectrotemporal Gain Bandwidth Measurement in an InGaAs/GaAsP Quantum Well Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Semiconductor Laser - S. Hoogland, A. Garnache, K.G. Wilcox, Z. Mihoubi, S. Elsmere, A. Quarterman and A.C. Tropper
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2008 | IEEE | Item not available on this server.
    High intensity photodegradation of lead halide perovskite nanocrystals - Peter J. Shaw, Thomas M. Mercier, Christopher G. Bailey, Antonios G. Kanaras, Pavlos G. Lagoudakis and Martin D.B. Charlton
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2020 | SPIE | Item not available on this server.
    Spatial and temporal evolution of different-scale ionospheric irregularities in central and East Siberia during the 27–28 May 2017 geomagnetic storm - V. B. Ovodenko, M. V. Klimenko, I. E. Zakharenkova, A. V. Oinats, D. S. Kotova, A. V. Nikolaev, I. V. Tyutin, D. D. Rogov, K. G. Ratovsky, D. V. Chugunin, P. A. Budnikov, J. C. Coxon, B. J. Anderson and A. A. Chernyshov
    Type: Article | 2020 | Item not available on this server.
    Semi-annual, annual and Universal Time variations in the magnetosphere and in geomagnetic activity: 2. Response to solar wind power input and relationships with solar wind dynamic pressure and magnetospheric flux transport - Mike Lockwood, Kathryn A. McWilliams, Mathew J. Owens, Luke A. Barnard, Clare E. Watt, Chris J. Scott, Allan R. MacNeil and John C. Coxon
    Type: Article | 2020 | Item not available on this server.
    Scaling effect and optimization of SOI dual-waveguide optical trapping - Xiangming Xu, Hendrik Ulbricht, David Thomson, Goran Mashanovich and Jize Yan
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2020 | Item availability restricted.