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 ranked fourth in the Russell Group for satisfaction with course and teaching (Guardian University Guide, 2020) 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.

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 Champion

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 December 2019

    Astronomers explore novel method to 'weigh'...

    An international team of astronomers led by the University of Southampton have observed an unexpected link between supermassive black holes and their galaxies which could be used to help estimate their mass.

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  • 2 December 2019

    Turkish Fellowship strengthens Southampton's...

    Turkish particle physicist Dr Yasar Hicyilmaz will use data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to strengthen Southampton research into high energy particle physics - the characterisation of Dark Matter (DM).

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  • 28 November 2019

    Miniaturised vacuum chamber unleashes new...

    Physicists at the University of Southampton have developed a miniaturised cold atom system that will help unlock the commercial potential of quantum devices.

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