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

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 February 2019

    Physics and Astronomy awarded Juno Champion...

    The Institute of Physics has awarded Juno Champion status to the University of Southampton’s School of Physics and Astronomy. The accolade recognises the School’s actions to develop a working culture in which students and staff can achieve their full potential, and follows the Athena SWAN Silver award that the School received in 2018.

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  • 22 January 2019

    Southampton’s young physicists recognised...

    The University of Southampton celebrated the city’s brightest young minds at the annual Southampton Schools Physicist of the Year awards.

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  • 17 January 2019

    Researchers measure spin of rapidly whirling...

    An astronomy team led by researchers from the University of Southampton have discovered a black hole in our Galaxy with one of the highest spin rates in the known universe.

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