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Physics (MPhys)

Master of Physics
Typical offer
AAA-AABView full entry requirements
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

This 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.

Your studies and practical work will be enriched 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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 250.58 KB).

Location and awarding body

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

Transfer between courses

Our flagship physics courses are open to our top-performing students. These 4-year programmes let you pursue a cutting-edge research project here or abroad, or with a local industrial partner. Places are limited and you can compete for a position at the end of your second year.