The University of Southampton

Why study Physics at Southampton?

We are already recognised as one of the best places in the UK and the world to study physics and we take great pride in the quality of our undergraduate teaching.

World-leading research

100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2021).

Study abroad

Study at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston or CERN in Geneva on one of our flagship programmes.


We offer Physics and Astronomy Scholarships worth up to £20,000.

An international reputation

We’re 11th in the UK and top 100 in the world for physics and astronomy in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2020.

Excellent graduate prospects

Physics at Southampton is ranked joint 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Professionalism in teaching

Our academics are internationally renowned researchers, but also passionate teachers who care about educating the next generation of physicists.

"I have worked in Physics and Astronomy at Southampton for the past 15 years and it is an exciting place to be. We are understanding new things every day and seeing students develop into professional physicists."

David Smith, Admissions Tutor

The city of Southampton

Southampton is a thriving city with a wide variety of choice for nightlife, entertainment, arts and culture.

Hear from a student

Student Sai tells us about his experience studying physics at Southampton.