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.

  • 13 November 2020

    Deep space imaging collaboration focuses on new...

    Imaging experts from the University of Southampton are supporting the development of an ultra-low noise camera designed for applications in optical astronomy and medical imaging.

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  • 12 November 2020

    Southampton physicists congratulate Nobel Prize...

    Physicists from the University of Southampton have praised the "tremendous and well-deserved" share of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics for Professor Sir Roger Penrose.

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  • 9 November 2020

    Southampton expertise supports nanosatellite...

    Physicists from the University of Southampton are contributing to a novel geomagnetic monitoring satellite that will help maintain modern navigation systems including smartphones.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Utilization of LSTM neural network for water production forecasting of a stepped solar still with a corrugated absorber plate - Ammar H. Elsheikh, Vikrant P. Katekar, Otto Muskens, Sandip S. Deshmukh, Mohamed Abd Elaziz and Sherif M. Dabour
    Type: Article | 2021 | Item availability restricted.
    Enhanced spontaneous emission from two-photon-pumped quantum dots in a porous silicon microcavity - Dmitrii Dovzhenko, Victor Krivenkov, Irina Kriukova, Pavel Samokhvalov, Alexander Karaulov and Igor Nabiev
    Type: Article | 2020 | Item availability restricted.
    Nonlocal scattering matrix description of anisotropic polar heterostructures - Christopher Gubbin and Simone De Liberato
    Type: Article | 2020
    Impact of phonon nonlocality on nanogap and nanolayer polar resonators - Christopher Gubbin and Simone De Liberato
    Type: Letter | 2020
    Dataset for: Levitated Magnetomechanical and Optomechanical Systems as Ultra-Sensitive Resonators
    Type: Dataset | 2020 | University of Southampton | Item availability restricted.