The University of Southampton

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is ranked 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.  We consistently receive high ratings for research, which means our students learn from physicists and astronomers who are world leaders in their field. 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 UK to study physics.

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 Champion

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
  • 21 August 2019

    'Rising star' to investigate space shock waves...

    Space scientist Dr Imogen Gingell will explore interactions between Sun plasma and the Earth's magnetic field in new Royal Society fellowship at the University of Southampton.

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  • 9 August 2019

    Innovative teaching on the early universe...

    Live polls and video summaries are making a big bang at the University of Southampton, where interactive teaching on the early universe has been honoured with an Excellence in VLE Award.

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  • 7 August 2019

    Astrophysicists examine unique outflowing wind...

    An international research team led by the University of Southampton has identified several unusual properties of a hot wind’s violent outbursts around a black hole.

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