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.
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.