The University of Southampton

F303 MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research (4 Years)

Our MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research degree gives a more advanced understanding of materials physics and is available to our first-class MPhys students. This four-year course provides the opportunity to spend your final year immersed in a research environment in our world-class materials and photonics laboratories.

Introducing your degree

You’ll be studying within a leading Physics and Astronomy department; 99 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course in the latest National Student Survey (2017).

Our distinctive MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research is available to our first-class MPhys students who will be given the opportunity to spend their final year immersed in a research environment in our world-class materials and photonics laboratories.

You will have the opportunity to work on any of our areas of expertise, from photonics to nanotechnology to the quantum properties of matter.

Why not find out more about this degree from a current student.

Overview

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The MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research will build upon the BSc Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of materials physics. This flagship programme is intended for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD. We aim to give you the skills and experience that will put you ahead of your peers.

Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first-class students – typically you will move into the programme in your second year. Your courses will then be carefully coordinated to fast track you in three years to the frontier of knowledge in quantum materials.

In your final year, you will join our Quantum, Light and Matter Research Group. Potential themes of your research include:

  • condensed matter
  • cold atom
  • semiconductor
  • magnetism and superconductor physics
  • nanostructures
  • nanomaterials and nanofabricated devices
  • optoelectronics
  • polymer and semiconductor chemistry

View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course

Accreditation

Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Students undertake four 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

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 in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017)

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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
A Level

AAA, including AA in Mathematics and Physics

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE

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.

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. UCAS code: F303 Course title: MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research Course duration: 4 years

Modules

Year 2

Additional optional modules

Career Opportunities

The MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research degree allows you to experience what it’s like to study the first year of a PhD. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to go into further research. Around a third of our Physics and Astronomy graduates go onto do PhDs across the world.

If you choose to go into work after graduating, with the knowledge and skills you’ll develop, you’ll be able to choose from many career paths. Physics and Astronomy graduates go into a wide range of careers, including industrial R&D, scientific journalism, business, finance, law and teaching.

You’ll develop key transferable skills when you study with us, including computing, mathematical modelling, analytical thinking and presentation skills. We also teach a second year careers module, which includes talks from employers, CV and interview guidance and information on work experience opportunities.

Learn about our placement opportunities. 

Find out 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

Funding

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

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

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

TypeDescription
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: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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