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Physics and astronomy

A small, domed rooftop observatory opens onto a starry night sky. Inside the observatory, two students use a telescope and a laptop to collect data.
Gain theoretical and practical skills in physics, astronomy or nanoelectronics at Southampton. Develop a specialist understanding of the laws that define our universe.

Follow your passion for physics and explore the concepts that form our understanding of space, time and matter. During your studies you'll get the chance to work on a research project either here in the UK, at CERN in Switzerland or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston. Our courses also offer a field trip to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife. In our master's courses, you'll learn further specialist skills for careers in fields like astronomy, quantum physics, and theoretical particle physics.

  • 4th
    in the Russell Group for course satisfaction

    Guardian University Guide 2020

  • All BSc and MPhys degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics
  • 3rd
    in the UK for physics and astronomy career prospects

    Guardian University Guide 2022

Physics and astronomy courses

Choose from a wide range of degrees in physics and astronomy.

Undergraduate courses

Study spaces and facilities

Student stories

Our research makes a difference


As Head of the University's Astronomy Group, I'm passionate about the ways that astrophysics can advance our knowledge of supermassive black holes and their environment.
Professor of Obs'l & Comp'l Astrophysics
I lead the Soft Photonics Systems group and pursue research on soft matter for photovoltaics, life sciences and a new generation of optical instruments.
Professor of Physics And Astronomy
My research focuses on new ways that we can use lasers or ultraviolet radiation to observe neurons in incredible detail, which can bring huge benefits for treating neurodegenerative diseases.
Associate Professor


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