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Physics (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

On this course you'll study the fundamentals of matter, time and space and explore the physical theories that help us understand our universe. You'll also gain advanced analytical, mathematical and computing skills, valued by recruiters in a wide range of professions.

You’ll immerse yourself in fascinating topics such as quantum mechanics, special relativity and the evolution of galaxies.

Follow your passions and work towards your career goals by choosing from a wide range of optional modules in every year of study. You'll carry out real research projects. Recent examples have involved making high-temperature superconductors, building a laser and determining the mass of cluster galaxies.

General Relativity is another popular study option - we are one of only a few UK universities to offer this as part of an undergraduate physics degree.

You can also choose a minor subject in an unrelated field alongside your main degree.

The first 2 years of this programme are the same as the physics Masters, which means you can switch to the 4-year MPhys degree.

Physics offers an academic scholarship scheme worth up to £20,000, plus an unconditional offer based on a competitive exam taken at applicant visit days.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 243.11 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

You can transfer between the BSc Physics and most MPhys courses up to the end of year 2. If you’re one of our top performers, you might also be eligible to apply to one of our flagship courses (not available for direct entry) at the end of year 2.