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 joint 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2022, and 100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2021).

“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, fourth 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.

  • 20 April 2022

    Physics and Astronomy in global top 100 and...

    Physics is ranked within the global top 100 and the UK?s top ten in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

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  • 17 March 2022

    Southampton to host prestigious international...

    Hundreds of the world's top particle physicists will gather at Southampton when Physics and Astronomy hosts a prestigious international conference.

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  • 8 March 2022

    Astronomers find black hole's "heartbeat"

    Researchers observe the behaviour of a black hole and develop a cosmic echocardiogram graph, showing its "heartbeat".

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    The energy dependence of AGN variability as a means to probe the nature of accretion - Dominic, Ian Ashton
    Type: Thesis | 2021 | University of Southampton
    Modelling of filamentous phage-induced antibiotic tolerance of P. aeruginosa - Maria van Rossem, Sandra Wilks, Malgosia Kaczmarek, Patrick R Secor and Giampaolo D'Alessandro
    Type: Article | 2022
    Novel b-jet Analyses for Beyond the Standard Model Higgs Bosons at the LHC - Billy, George Ford
    Type: Thesis | 2021 | University of Southampton
    Review of open cavity random lasers as laser-based sensors - Atiqah Nabieha Azmi, Wan Zakiah Wan Ismail, Haslan Abu Hassan, Mohd Mahadi Halim, Norzaini Zainal, Otto L Muskens and Wan Maryam Wan Ahmad Kamil
    Type: Review | 2022 | Item availability restricted.
    Data to support the article "Spontaneous formation of time-periodic vortex cluster in nonlinear fluids of light"
    Type: Dataset | 2022 | University of Southampton