The University of Southampton

We’re ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for physics, which demonstrates our commitment to providing an excellent student experience. 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

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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
  • 11 September 2018

    Nobel prize winner to explain gravitational...

    The 2017 Nobel Laureate for Physics Professor Rainer Weiss will explain gravitational waves in the annual STAG Public Lecture.

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  • 7 September 2018

    Physicist’s ‘radically different’...

    Pioneering research is setting aside traditional theoretical techniques to help explain some of the remarkable properties of modern materials such as graphene.

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  • 6 September 2018

    Research collaboration with Merck presents...

    Researchers in Physics and Astronomy are working on a nanoscale technology that could harvest power from our footsteps and unseen ambient energy in the environment.

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