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.

  • 29 June 2021

    'Giant quantum tornados' offer new optical...

    Researchers from the University of Southampton and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have created a stable giant vortex in a hybrid light-matter system, addressing a longstanding challenge in quantised fluid dynamics.

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  • 14 May 2021

    Southampton particle physicist approached by...

    Professor Andreas Jüttner from the University of Southampton says that "exciting new physics may be just around the corner" in accepting a prestigious five-year placement at CERN.

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  • 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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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Surpassing the Energy Resolution Limit with ferromagnetic torque sensors - Andrea Vinante, Chris Timberlake, Dmitry Budker, Derek F. Jackson Kimball, Alexander O. Sushkov and Hendrik Ulbricht
    Type: Article | 2021
    Nonvolatile programmable silicon photonics using an ultralow-loss Sb2Se3 phase change material - Matthew Delaney, Ioannis Zeimpekis, Han Du, Xingzhao Yan, Mehdi Banakar, David J. Thomson, Daniel W. Hewak and Otto L. Muskens
    Type: Article | 2021
    Searching for Saturn's X-rays during a rare Jupiter Magnetotail crossing using Chandra - Dale, Michael Weigt, William R. Dunn, Caitriona Jackman, Ralph Kraft, Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, J.D. Nichols, Affelia Wibisono, M.F. Vogt and G.R. Gladstone
    Type: Article | 2021
    DNA gold nanoparticle motors demonstrate processive motion with bursts of speed up to 50 nm per second - Alisina Bazrafshan, Maria-Eleni Kyriazi, Brandon Alexander Holt, Wenxiao Deng, Selma Piranej, Hanquan Su, Yuesong Hu, Afaf H. El-Sagheer, Tom Brown, Gabriel A. Kwong, Antonios G. Kanaras and Khalid Salaita
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Quantum technologies in space - Rainer Kaltenbaek, Antonio Acin, Laszlo Bacsardi, Paolo Bianco, Philippe Bouyer, Eleni Diamanti, Christoph Marquardt, Yasser Omar, Valerio Pruneri, Ernst M. Rasel, Bernhard Sang, Stephan Seidel, Hendrik Ulbricht, Rupert Ursin, Paolo Villoresi, Mathias van den Bossche, Wolf von Klitzing, Hugo Zbinden, Mauro Paternostro and Angelo Bassi
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.