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 joint 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2022, 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, fourth 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.

  • 16 September 2021

    International partnership explores strategies...

    Our physicists are collaborating with experts in Croatia?s largest multidisciplinary scientific research centre to help unlock understanding of Dark Matter.

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  • 3 September 2021

    Quantum experiments in space could unlock 'vast...

    Scientists at the University of Southampton and Queen's University Belfast are calling for a $1 billion investment to test quantum mechanics in space.

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  • 31 August 2021

    Researchers discover new limit of trapping...

    Physicists from the University of Southampton and ETH Zürich have reached a new threshold of light-matter coupling at the nanoscale.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Fine scale dynamics of fragmented aurora-like emission - Daniel Whiter, Hanna Sundberg, Betty Lanchester, Joshua Dreyer, Noora Partamies, Nickolay Ivchenko, Marco Zaccaria Di Fraia, Rosie Oliver, Amanda Serpell-Stevens, Tiffany Shaw-Diaz and Thomas Braunersreuther
    Type: Article | 2021
    Comparison of data processing techniques for single-grating x-ray Talbot interferometer data - Shashidhara Marathe, Marie Christine Zdora, Irene Zanette, Silvia Cipiccia and Christoph Rau
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2017 | SPIE | Item availability restricted.
    Dataset for Electrodeposition of GeSbTe Based Resistive Switching Memory in Crossbar Arrays
    Type: Dataset | 2021 | University of Southampton
    ASAS J071404+7004.3 -- a close, bright nova-like with gusty winds - keith Inight, Boris Gaensicke, Dominic Blondel, David Boyd, Richard Ashley, Christian Knigge, Knox Long, Tom Marsh, Jack McCleery, Simone Scaringi, Danny Steeghs, Tonny Vanmunster and Peter Wheatley
    Type: Article | 2021
    Strong light-matter coupling in microcavities characterised by Rabi-splittings comparable to the Bragg stop-band widths - Simone De Liberato and Alexey Kavokin
    Type: Article | 2021