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.

  • 20 April 2021

    Southampton physicists inspire next generation...

    Inspirational lectures delivered by physicists from the University of Southampton are setting Italian school pupils on a pathway to pioneering scientific careers.

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  • 19 April 2021

    New Southampton technologies to come to market...

    Cutting-edge physics, astronomy and mathematics research will be developed into disruptive new technologies through support from an embedded innovation fellow at the University of Southampton.

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  • 30 March 2021

    DNA-gold coated nanoparticles enable enriching...

    Scientists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated an innovative technique that uses fluorescent nanotechnology to identify and enrich skeletal stem cells.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Engineering the spectral and spatial dispersion of thermal emission via polariton-phonon strong coupling - Guanyu Lu, Christopher Gubbin, J. Ryan Nolen, Thomas Graeme Folland, Marko J. Tadjer, Simone De Liberato and Joshua D. Caldwell
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Superposition of intra- and inter-layer excitons in twistronic MoSe2/WSe2 bilayers probed by resonant Raman scattering - Liam Mcdonnell, Jacob Viner, David Ruiz-Tijerina, Pasqual Rivera, Xiaodong Xu, Vladimir Fal'ko and David Smith
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Dynamics of light-induced reflectivity switching in gallium films deposited on silica by pulsed laser ablation - A.V. Rode, M. Samoc, B. Luther-Davies, E.G. Gamaly, Kevin MacDonald and Nikolai Zheludev
    Type: Article | 2001 | Item not available on this server.
    Optically controlled polariton condensate molecules - Evgeniia Cherotchenko, Helgi Sigurdsson, Alexis Askitopoulos and Anton Nalitov
    Type: Article | 2021
    Efficient scattering model of multi-layer systems with anisotropic films - Jordan Ronald Ewan Gill, Eleni Perivolari, Malgosia Kaczmarek and Giampaolo D'alessandro
    Type: Article | 2021