The University of Southampton

Postgraduate study

We're ranked in the top five departments for our research output among the Russell Group universities.

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is renowned for the work of its major research groups – Astronomy and Space Environment Physics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Quantum, Light and matter and Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation Institute.

As a postgraduate member of one of our vibrant research groups, you will attend lectures and seminars, and there will be opportunities to attend short courses or summer schools, such as Institute of Physics workshops and Nato Advanced Study Institutes. We will support and encourage you to present your results at national and international conferences, and to write up your results for publication in scientific journals.

We invite PhD applications to study within the following research areas:

Astronomy Group

The Astro Group, are world experts in the study of compact stellar objects. They observe x-ray and gamma-ray sources and are leaders in the Integral space mission.

Quantum, Light and Matter Group

QLM explores how matter interacts at the smallest and fastest scales, and is partnered with the UK NanoPhotonics Centre and ORC.

Discount on postgraduate programmes

Find out about our 10 per cent discount for final-year students and alumni.