The University of Southampton

F300 BSc Physics (3 years)

Our three-year BSc Physics degree will provide a thorough grounding in the key areas of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. This course will allow you to push the boundaries of design of materials and technology, from nanotechnology and superconductivity to photonics, while developing problem solving skills highly sought after by employers.

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Introducing your degree

A degree in physics is not just about learning facts – physicists are skilled at studying new systems and understanding how to explore them and model their behaviour.

Problem-solving skills are greatly valued by employers and are firmly embedded in our undergraduate teaching.

Don't just take our word for it, hear what our students think about the course too.

Shafiq Bin Rasulan
My highlight was my internship with Professor Tim Freegarde in his laboratory. I was doing raman interferometry where we used lasers to actually hold onto small particles. It really helped me as an experimental physicist.
Shafiq Bin Rasulan, BSc Physics, 2017


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Our distinctive BSc Physics programme will provide you with a rigorous education in modern physics.

You will learn the core tools of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism, and how these theories can describe the universe precisely, from galaxies to subatomic particles. You will also push the boundaries of design of materials and technology, from nanotechnology and superconductivity to photonics.

You will develop problem-solving skills through problem-solving classes and micro-projects, in which you will design your own experiments.

Key areas of study include: 

  • planetary dynamics
  • relativity
  • light as an electro-magnetic wave
  • quantum mechanics
  • quantum theories of matter and atoms
  • nuclear and particle physics

View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course


Our BSc Physics is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

To Apply

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

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

Key Facts

100 per cent of BSc Physics students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (NSS 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

Studying BSc Physics at Southampton

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
A Level

AAB, including AA in Mathematics and Physics


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

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.

Foundation Year:

If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

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 and an invitation to visit the department.


Additional optional modules

Career Opportunities

A Physics and Astronomy degree from the University of Southampton is a passport to a wide range of careers, with recent graduates employed in fields ranging from medical physics, meteorology and software engineering, right through to finance, business, teaching and law. The reputation of the department also means students are able to go onto do PhDs, across the world.

You’ll learn key transferable skills as part of your BSc Physics degree, including analytical thinking, mathematical modelling, how to present clearly and computing. We also teach a specialist careers module in the second year, which helps students to prepare for the future. You’ll attend employer talks, find out about work experience opportunities, and develop your CV writing and interview skills. 

There many opportunities to stand out from the crowd with a placement, either locally or abroad. 

Find out more about the careers support available within 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.

Learning & Assessment

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study39%30%22%
Independent study61%70%78%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment44%69%77%
Practical exam assessment23%8%0%
Coursework assessment33%23%23%

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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