On the MPhys Physics degree you’ll learn about the core physical theories that help us to understand the universe. You’ll also develop the mathematical skills to model real-world problems and analyse data, and the practical skills to work confidently in the lab and design your own experiments. It's a great foundation for further study at PhD level.
With optional modules in every year of study, including options from other subject areas, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests. The MPhys Physics gives you the most flexibility out of all our physics and astronomy degrees. For example, you could:
- study general relativity and its application to black holes and cosmology (the formation and evolution of the universe)
- explore nanoscience and examine the way physical phenomena change at the nanoscale
- learn about the theory and practical application of light, optics and lasers in photonics modules, some of which are taught by researchers from Southampton’s world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre
You’ll receive a thorough scientific training, from lab-based mini-projects in year one to more advanced practical work – for example, you might make a high-temperature superconductor, investigate cosmic ray muon flux or undertake gamma ray spectroscopy.
In the fourth year you’ll spend time embedded in one of our research groups, where you’ll work with another student on an extended research project. You can choose a field of physics that interests you; past projects have included analysing astronomy data from the Cassini satellite, investigating aspects of particle physics using CERN data and performing Raman scattering measurements on nanomaterials to study their optical, electronic and vibrational properties.
Professional and transferable skills, such as computing and coding, statistical analysis, communication and project management skills, are integral to the programme, enhancing your employability.
View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course
View the 2019/20 programme specification document for this course
You’ll use state-of-the-art equipment in our teaching laboratories, with guidance from expert technicians who are there to support your experimental work. Specialist facilities include:
- an observatory on the roof of the Physics and Astronomy building, with high-spec telescopes
- a photonics lab with the latest laser equipment
- one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers
- a £120m clean room for fabrication at the atomic level – one of the best of its kind in Europe
A top-five research department
Study with us and you’ll join one of the top five Russell Group departments for physics and astronomy research (REF 2014). Our research reputation is built on a track record of discovery and we remain on the frontline of new developments. For example, Southampton physicists were instrumental in the development of erbium doped amplifiers, which make today’s internet possible – and more recently our scientists were involved in detecting gravitational waves and light from the collision of two neutron stars for the first time.
Your studies will be enhanced by our research expertise in areas such as photonics, astronomy, particle physics and quantum mechanics. We regularly update our modules based on new findings, bringing discoveries to the classroom as soon as they happen – often before they are published in the media. And because our research covers the spectrum of physics, once you have identified your own research interest there will be experts here to help you take it forward.
Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics
With a wide range of optional modules in every year of your degree, you’ll have the freedom to try different areas of physics, deepen your knowledge in specialist fields, or take advantage of the University’s expertise in related areas, such as medical physics and sound and vibration research. You could also study a language or broaden your intellectual horizons by choosing from a range of innovative cross-disciplinary modules, on topics including business, music and earth sciences.
If you change your mind about doing the MPhys Physics programme you can switch to BSc Physics up until the end of year two. It’s also possible to move from this programme to one of our specialist MPhys degrees, provided you have taken the required options.
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.
We're 6th in the UK for physics in the Guardian University Guide 2019
Top 3 for Overall Student Satisfaction in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey for the last four years (not all Russell Group universities are returned in the National Student Survey every year).
100% of MPhys Physics students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2018)
Study topics including general relativity, quantum mechanics and the evolution of the universe
MPhys Physics is a great foundation for PhD study, and an excellent springboard for a wide range of other careers
The MPhys Physics is our most flexible degree - you can shape the course to your interests