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.

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.

  • 11 August 2020

    Thermal imaging reveals Northern Lights as both...

    Dr Daniel Whiter is investigating the impact on our planet of the huge amounts of energy brought into our atmosphere by the Northern Lights.

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  • 31 July 2020

    Flavour Physics arms researchers to unlock...

    An international review of lattice flavour physics founded by researchers at the University of Southampton is equipping scientists to extend beyond the esteemed Standard Model.

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  • 15 July 2020

    Phase change material breakthrough bridges the...

    Researchers from the University of Southampton have demonstrated a new material family that will revolutionise optical circuits to replace parts of traditional electronic hardware.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Dataset for: Nano-second exciton-polariton lasing in organic microcavities - Anton Zasedatelev, Pavlos Lagoudakis, David G. Lidzey, Tamsin Cookson, Denis A. Sannikov, Kyriacos Georgiou, Anton Putintsev and Kirsty E. McGhee
    Type: Dataset | 2020 | University of Southampton
    On the Geometry of the X-ray emission from pulsars a consistent inclination and beaming solution for the Be/X-ray pulsar SXP 1062 - R.C. Capallo, S.G.T. Laycock, D.M. Christodoulou, A. Roy, S. Bhattacharya, Malcolm Coe and A. Zezas
    Type: Article | 2020
    Highly efficient KY1-x-yGdxLuy(WO4)2:Tm3+ channel waveguide lasers - K. van Dalfsen, S. Aravazhi, C. Grivas, S.M. Garcia-Blanco and M. Pollnau
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2012 | Item not available on this server.
    Continuous-wave solid-state polymer laser - C. Grivas, J. Yang, M.B.J. Diemeer, A. Driessen and M. Pollnau
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2010 | Item not available on this server.
    Thulium channel waveguide laser with 69.7% efficiency - K. Van Dalfsen, S. Aravazhi, C. Grivas, S.M. García-Blanco and M. Pollnau
    Type: Conference or Workshop Item | 2012 | OSA | Item not available on this server.