The University of Southampton
Mathematical Sciences

FF34 MMath Mathematical Physics (4 years)

Mathematics is the fundamental language of physics and the University of Southampton has world class expertise in this area. The two departments of Mathematical Sciences and Physics & Astronomy collaborate through a Research Centre in this area: STAG (Southampton, Theory, Astronomy & Gravitation). STAG brings together our research teams in Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Astronomy, Classical Gravity and String Theory, making this one of the largest such groupings in Europe. This new four-year degree programme exploits this expertise and allows students to explore mathematical physics in detail.

Introducing your degree

Together, the departments of Mathematics and Physics at Southampton host STAG, one of the largest research groups in Europe, working at the cutting edge of theoretical particle physics, astronomy, general relativity and string theory.

This new four-year degree programme, grew out of their research collaboration and will take you to the frontier of knowledge in this exciting field, allowing you to study as an undergraduate, material that would normally be taught at MSc level.


This exciting new four-year programme is intended as a replacement for our Maths with Physics and Maths with Astronomy degrees.

There are many close links between mathematics and physics. Physics uses mathematics to make predictions about the world and many areas of mathematics have developed because of the need to solve physical problems. Mathematics graduates who are numerate and who have a high level of competence in problem solving skills are in considerable demand in a wide variety of areas of employment. This degree programme will provide you with the opportunity to gain mathematical knowledge and skills and to develop your interest in physics. The degree structure allows you a good deal of choice as to which areas of mathematics and physics you specialise in, while ensuring the overall coherence of your individual choice of courses.

Transfer to this programme is normally only possible early in Semester 1 of the first year from a number of other programmes in the School.

View the programme specification document for the course

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered on a semester pattern, each semester being of 14 weeks duration. The last two weeks of each semester are set aside for examinations. The programme requires four years of full-time study, and may lead to a MMATH degree in Mathematical Physics. Students take eight 7.5 ECTS modules each year, four each semester (or the equivalent thereof). The degree programme comprises core and compulsory Mathematics and Physics modules, which occupy the whole of the first and second years, allowing for considerable flexibility in the third and fourth years, with options chosen by you.

In addition there are the following exit points:

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), following successful completion of Part I.

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), following successful completion of Part II.

Ordinary Degree of Mathematical Physics (BSc (Ordinary)), following the successful completion of at least 150 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in Level 3 modules.

Honours degree of Mathematical Physics (BSc (Honours)), following successful completion of at least 180 ECTS, including 45 ECTS in Level 3 modules.

Each of Part I, Part II, and Part III carries 60 ECTS.

Key Facts


  • 100 per cent of our research in Mathematical Sciences and Physics and Astronomy is rated world-leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)
  • Physics and Astronomy at Southampton is ranked 12th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Top within the Russell Group for overall satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
  • Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelFor 2018 entry our standard offer is A*AA or equivalent including grade A in A-level Mathematics and A-level Physics or; AAAA or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics and Physics or; AAB or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics with additional qualifications such as STEP/MAT/TMUA/A grade in EPQ. For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.
International Baccalaureate37 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics and higher level physics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3D3 in the three principle subjects including Mathematics.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

You will take both physics and mathematics modules throughout your degree, studying roughly the same number of each. In the first two years you will be taught the fundamentals of modern mathematical physics, giving you a solid base for the third and fourth years. Students will emerge with a strong understanding of the forces of nature, quantum theory, and General Relativity, and may specialise in particle physics, astrophysics, condensed matter theory or the formal elements of mathematical physics. The course includes a final year mathematical project that may be taken across any of these strands.

Year 3

A total of eight modules will be taken in total with roughly equal numbers of maths and physics modules.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
MMath Mathematical Physics2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved Calculators- Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching.

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from finance, medical physics, scientific journalism, teaching, law and medical research.

Learning & Assessment

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study33%33%25%16%
Independent study67%67%75%84%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment69%80%65%30%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%0%
Coursework assessment31%20%35%70%

Study Locations

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