The University of Southampton

F3GC MPhys Physics with Mathematics (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Physics with Mathematics degree gives you a greater breadth and depth of study of physics and mathematics in relation to problem solving. Key areas of study include general relativity, topology, number theory, mathematics of finance and theoretical physics.

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Introducing your degree

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).

Mathematics is the fundamental language of physics and this programme will allow you to explore it in detail. With the concentration of experts in mathematics in Southampton, our Physics with Mathematics programme is undoubtedly one of the best in the UK.  

Our large theoretical physics group concentrates on particle physics and the University is renowned for its work in pure and applied maths (including general relativity), as well as operational research and statistics.

Barnaby Sleat
I love studying here. Though the course can get tricky at points (as expected), the lecturers, course coordinators, PhD students and my tutor have always been helpful, and always been available if I've needed a hand with something.
Barnaby Sleat, MPhys Physics, third year


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Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Mathematics will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of physics and mathematics in relation to problem solving. In your final year, you will take at least one Masters level mathematics course that will give you first-hand experience of the forefront of mathematics.

Key areas of study include:

  • general relativity
  • topology
  • number theory
  • mathematics of finance
  • theoretical physics

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

Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

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 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:

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 and an invitation to visit the department. UCAS code: F3GC Course title: MPhys Physics with Mathematics Course duration: 4 years


Career Opportunities

A Physics and Astronomy degree from Southampton is a passport into just about any career. Our recent graduates are employed in areas as diverse as medical physics, meteorology, software engineering, finance, law and teaching.

Employability is embedded into our modules, from the very first lecture. As part of your learning, you’ll develop key transferable skills such as analytical thinking, mathematical modelling, how to present clearly and computing. We also teach a second year module which is designed to help you prepare for the future, including employer talks, information on work experience opportunities, and CV writing and interview support.

There are many opportunities to complete a placement at Southampton, either locally or abroad. 

Find out more about Physics and Astronomy careers support. 

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 stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study38%33%24%19%
Independent study62%67%76%81%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment61%70%60%44%
Practical exam assessment18%8%3%6%
Coursework assessment21%22%37%50%

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.

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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:

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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