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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Gigahertz nano-optomechanical resonances in a dielectric SiC-membrane metasurface array - Idris A. Ajia, Jun-Yu Ou, H. Johnson Singh, Theo Chen-Sverre, Tongjun Liu, Nikolay I. Zheludev and Otto L. Muskens
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Polygonal patterns of confined light - Evgeny Sedov, Irina Sedova, Sergey Arakelian and Alexey Kavokin
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Polariton spin jets through optical control - L. Pickup, J.D. Töpfer, H. Sigurdsson and P. G. Lagoudakis
    Type: Article | 2021
    Resolving the hot dust disk of ESO323-G77 - James H. Leftley, Konrad R.W. Tristram, Sebastian F. Hönig, Daniel Asmus, Makoto Kishimoto and Poshak Gandhi
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    How does the polar dust affect the correlation between dust covering factor and Eddington ratio in type 1 quasars selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 16? - Yoshiki Toba, Yoshihiro Ueda, Poshak Gandhi, Claudio Ricci, Denis Burgarella, Veronique Buat, Tohru Nagao, Shinki Oyabu, Hideo Matsuhara and Bau-Ching Hsieh
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.