The MPhys Astrophysics with a Year Abroad will build upon the MPhys Particle Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of astronomy. 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 physics and astronomy.
In your final year, you will relocate to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Center combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of the basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. Broad programmes of astrophysical research touch on almost all major topics in astronomy including:
- star and planet formation
- extreme astronomical objects
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
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.
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.
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