The University of Southampton

We’re ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for physics, and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. 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

£5,000 a year scholarships

Get your UCAS application in by the 23 November to be in with a chance of receiving one of our scholarships, worth up to £20,000. We award students based on a pre-entrance scholarship exam, taken at our Visit Days.

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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
  • 2 November 2018

    Southampton physicist’s ‘exceptionally...

    Quantum physicist Dr Simone De Liberato has been recognised as an outstanding researcher through the awarding of a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

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  • 30 October 2018

    Newton International Fellowships bolster...

    Three talented early career researchers have been awarded Newton International Fellowships to push the boundaries of theoretical physics and X-ray astronomy at the University of Southampton.

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  • 24 October 2018

    Southampton Dean marks Black History Month in...

    The Dean of Faculty, which includes the School of Physics and Astronomy, is one of over a dozen prominent black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) engineers who are sharing their stories this month in an online diversity series.

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