The University of Southampton

We're proud to have achieved excellent results in the latest National Student Survey (2017). We rank first in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction.  

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

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
  • 10 May 2018

    Women’s Physics Network’s Rebecca French...

    Postgraduate researcher Rebecca French has been recognised for her exceptional contribution toward gender equality with a Women in Science, Engineering & Technology (WiSET) Award.

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  • 9 May 2018

    Researchers observe ‘cosmic hiccups’ of...

    Astronomers from the University of Southampton have found a rare class of neutron star that has a tendency to ‘hiccup’ as it strips mater from its stellar neighbour.

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  • 8 May 2018

    Physics and Astronomy receives Athena SWAN...

    Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton has received an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

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