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 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2021, 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.

  • 14 January 2021

    Southampton promotes astro-artists' portrayal...

    Artists depicted the scientific marvels of black hole astronomy research in an international art-science competition led by the University of Southampton and supported by NASA.

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  • 8 January 2021

    Cold atom chip for quantum technologies on show...

    Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the University of Southampton will be unveiled in an online edition of the world's largest and most influential technology show, CES 2021.

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  • 14 December 2020

    Expanding NExT Institute forges new connections...

    An interdisciplinary research institute directed within the University of Southampton has welcomed new partners from King's College London (KCL) as it continues pushing the boundaries of particle physics.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Supercontinuum generation in tantalum pentoxide waveguides for pump wavelengths in the 900 nm to 1500 nm spectral region - Jonathan Woods, Jake Daykin, Amy S.K. Tong, Cosimo Lacava, Periklis Petropoulos, Anne Tropper, Peter Horak, James S Wilkinson and Vasileios Apostolopoulos
    Type: Article | 2020
    Dataset for Deep learning enabled design of complex transmission matrices for universal optical components
    Type: Dataset | 2021 | University of Southampton
    Engineering spatial coherence in lattices of polariton condensates - Julian Dominic Toepfer, I. Chatzopoulos, Helgi Sigurdsson, T. Cookson, Y.G. Rubo and Pavlos Lagoudakis
    Type: Article | 2020
    Space telescope and optical reverberation mapping project. XII. Broad-line region modeling of NGC 5548 - P. R. Williams
    Type: Article | 2020 | Item not available on this server.
    The case for jets in cataclysmic variables - Deanne L. Coppejans and Christian Knigge
    Type: Article | 2020 | Item not available on this server.