The University of Southampton

Who we are

In Physics and Astronomy, we are proud of our academic record and excellence in teaching.

We have a long-standing reputation for world-leading research in the fields of astronomy, quantum, light and matter, and theoretical particle physics.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality physics teaching and have invested heavily in all our research groups, teaching activities and facilities to maintain our status as one of the best places in the world to study physics and astronomy.

Our excellent facilities, key partnerships with major industries and a world-leading research base ensure that your time studying with us will be productive, challenging and enjoyable. Our range of stimulating and cutting-edge degree programmes will ensure you are a step ahead in the global jobs market. 

World-leading research

100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

Excellent career prospects

Physics and Astronomy at Southampton is joint 3rd in the UK for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2022).


We were commended by the IoP for our friendly staff-student relationship

Tackling gender inequality

Our Athena SWAN and Institute of Physics Juno Champion accreditations demonstrate our commitment to address the under-representation of women in university physics

Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate programmes provide a solid grounding for a future career in physics and astronomy and for any career requiring well-developed analytical and quantitative skills.

Postgraduate study

Closely linked to our world-leading research, our postgraduate programmes offer opportunities in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Space Environment Physics and Quantum, Light and Matter.


Our research in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Space Environment Physics and Quantum, Light and Matter covers a wide range of physics, and has been recognised for its outstanding international quality in the most recent Research Assessment

Outreach and public engagement

Physics and Astronomy has a wide-ranging programme of community outreach and public engagement activities to bring our exciting discipline to a wider audience.