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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 and astronomy at Southampton. Develop a specialist understanding of the laws that define our universe from the quantum world to cosmology.

Follow your passion for physics and explore the concepts that form our understanding of space, time and matter. During your studies you could transfer to one of our flagship programmes to enjoy a final year devoted to research either here in the UK, at CERN in Switzerland or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston. Our Astronomy courses offer a chance to take 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. We also have a new course Physics with Quantum Science and Technologies (MPhys) starting in 2024.

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