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Physics with Photonics (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

In this degree you’ll explore photonics – the science of light – while deepening your knowledge in the core areas of physics. An unrivalled range of specialist modules will allow you to fine-tune skills that are in high demand in this well-paid, rapidly expanding industry. According to government agency Innovate UK, the nation’s photonics sector is now worth over £12 billion a year.

We’re home to the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) - the largest photonics research institute in the UK.

We’re also the only UK university to offer an undergraduate physics degree with photonics and you’ll join a research community with a history of revolutionary discoveries. These include the optical fibres and amplifiers that make the internet possible.

Our direct link with the ORC, a global hub for photonics research, gives you a unique opportunity to explore all the possibilities in depth.

As part of your course you’ll also:

  • learn key skills in computer modeling, mathematics and statistical analysis

  • use the latest equipment in our physics and photonics labs

  • develop problem-solving skills to test theories and conduct experiments

Additionally, you’ll spend time in one of our research groups in year 4. Past projects have included holography, photosensitive materials, nanoscale x-rays, optical fibre and silicon photonics.

High-performing students are eligible to apply to one of our flagship programmes.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and there's 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, 246.44 KB).

Location and awarding body

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