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Physics (MPhys)

Master of Physics
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4 years
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About this course

This master's degree offers maximum flexibility, allowing you to tailor it to your passion for physics. It’s ideal if you plan to become a professional physicist or take a PhD. It also develops skills in computing, analysis and project management, making it an excellent platform for a host of careers.

On this MPhys Physics degree, your studies and practical work will be improved by expertise in areas such as photonics, astronomy, particle physics and quantum mechanics.

As part of your course you’ll:

  • get a thorough training in the theories of physics and astronomy
  • develop problem-solving skills to test theories of physics
  • do an individual dissertation in year 3
  • spend time embedded in one of our research groups and do an extended research project in year 4

Specialist facilities include:

  • an observatory with high-spec telescopes
  • a clean room for fabrication at the atomic level
  • the Optoelectronics Research Centre - one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research

If you’re a high-performing student, you may also be invited to join one of our flagship programmes. These are 4-year, MPhys Masters courses:

If you’d like to mix socially with Physics and Astronomy students, you can join the Physics Society (Physoc) and the Astronomy Society (Astrosoc). The Physics department also hosts the award-winning Physics Women’s Network, open to all genders.

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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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