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.


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

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.

  • 3 April 2020

    Stephen Hawking Fellow to push the boundaries...

    Particle physicist Dr Ömer Gürdoğan will explore Quantum Field Theory as one of the country’s first Stephen Hawking Fellows at the University of Southampton.

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  • 19 March 2020

    STEM roller derby showcases inspirational...

    Roller derby athletes from the University of Southampton encouraged young people to explore science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers in an inspirational STEMroller contest.

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  • 27 February 2020

    Shining a spotlight on Southampton research at...

    More than 2,000 members of the public discovered Southampton's pioneering research into the science of light at a South Coast arts festival this week.

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