The University of Southampton

We’re ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for physics, which demonstrates our commitment to providing an excellent student experience. We're also proud that 99% of our students said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course in the latest National Student Survey (2017). This places us first in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction in physics and astronomy.

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

Physics and Astronomy Open Days

We have Open Days in September and October. Explore our beautiful campus, see the physics department and meet our staff and students.

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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
  • 4 July 2018

    Astronomer expands understanding of...

    University of Southampton astronomer Francesco Shankar will explore the close links between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies through a new Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

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  • 20 June 2018

    Scientists develop new technique for...

    Researchers from Southampton and Bordeaux have unveiled a new technique for the industrial testing of photonics chips, an important step in the realisation of an emerging multi-billion pound industry.

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  • 6 June 2018

    New books in Physics and Astronomy

    Staff in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton are constantly shaping the subject’s education and research environment by publishing findings and expressing expert opinion. Here’s a round-up of some of our most recent achievements:

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