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F303 MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement offers top performing students an opportunity to spend approximately six months working on an original, research and development (R&D) project in an industrial laboratory.

Apply nowLimited spaces available on this course for 2018

Introducing your degree

MPhys programmes taught at Southampton provide sound and stimulating, as well as supportive, intellectual environment. They aim to provide enjoyable and high quality learning experience, preparing students well for their future professional careers. 

In choosing to study physics, you will gain in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental physics, and also have the opportunity to appreciate its different aspects and role, in for example, applications or in multi-disciplinary research and technology.

You’ll be studying within a leading Physics and Astronomy department; we've been first in the Russell Group for student satisfaction for the past three years (National Student Survey 2017).


Connor Penfold
I spent my 6-month industrial placement at NKT Photonics, which gave me industry experience that will set me aside from other students, and a valuable insight to how physics is used in industry. I worked on a project important to the company and am proud to say I did a placement with one of the world's largest fibre laser manufacturers.
Connor Penfold, MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement, 2017


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In the final years of MPhys, there are opportunities to study specialist subjects to advanced level as well as develop key scientific research and transferable skills, important for both physics and wider working environment careers.  In the fourth year, there are also options for students interested in research to pursue projects at the cutting edge of science and learn important experimental and theoretical techniques.  

MPhys with Industrial Placement (MPhys with IP) complements those existing schemes within Physics and Astronomy, by offering an opportunity to spend six months working on an original, research and development (R&D) project in an industrial laboratory. It aims to provide students with valuable, practical experience and equip them particularly well for future jobs in industrial research and development.  

The placements typically involve working on a project within an industrial laboratory from a specialist area of physics or related technology.

Places on this programme are strictly limited and applications are made through MPhys Physics (F303).

View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course


Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory and optional modules.

Students can transfer easily between the BSc (Physics) and MPhys programmes until the end of year two. The final year of the MPhys with Industrial Placement, is spent performing a full time research project either in an academic research group or in a local industrial partner.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications for this path should be made through MPhys Physics (F303)

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

99 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017)

We rank third for overall satisfaction in Physics and Astronomy out of all UK Higher Education Institutes (NSS 2017)

We are 11th in the UK and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018)

100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Our degrees open the door to a range of jobs – our graduates go into careers in areas as diverse as broadcasting, business, teaching, research and medical physics

Welcome to Physics and Astronomy at Southampton

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
A Level

AAA, including AA in Mathematics and Physics.


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

Alternative qualifications:

Alternative qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

International applicants:

We welcome applications from international students. Visit our international site for more information about our international student community, support and how to apply.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. Please apply to UCAS Code F303, course title: MPhys Physics, duration: 4 years


Additional optional modules

Career Opportunities

The MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement programme is designed for students interested in working in industrial R&D. You’ll develop valuable practical skills and build links with employers. Many students are even hired by their placement companies after finishing their course.  

After graduating with a Physics and Astronomy degree from the University of Southampton, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers. Our recent graduates are working in areas as diverse as defence, medical physics, software engineering, finance, law and teaching. Around one third of our students go onto PhD study. 

In addition to the knowledge and skills you’ll gain on your placement, you’ll learn key transferable skills whilst studying at Southampton. Your degree will help you to develop your analytical thinking, mathematical modelling, presentation and computing skills. We also teach a specialist careers module in your second year, which includes talks from employers, CV and interview guidance and information on work experience opportunities.

Find out more about our placement opportunities. 

Learn more about careers support in Physics and Astronomy. 

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Communicating and Teaching and The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (PHYS3019)
Please note that students are required to pay for their travel costs to and from the schools they work with during the module.  However travel costs will be reimbursed on production of travel receipts.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you’ll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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