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  • Qualification

    Master of Physics - MPhys

  • Location

    Main Site - Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Enter the realm of extreme physics and learn the science behind powerful phenomena such as white dwarfs, black holes and neutron stars, the evolution of the universe, the formation of galaxies and space weather. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge of a professional astronomer, taught by academics who are directly involved in astronomy research. Whether you choose to do a PhD and become an astronomer, or use your advanced computing and data analysis skills in another profession, the knowledge you gain will underpin your lifelong passion for astronomy.A special feature of this programme is the study visit to Tenerife, where our top 12 students have the opportunity to visit the Izana Observatory for a period of astronomical observation. This degree is also the gateway to our MPhys Astrophysics with a Year Abroad flagship programme, which offers a unique opportunity to spend your fourth year at the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, USA. Our top-performing students can transfer onto this programme at the end of second year. Your degree will open the door to a wide range of careers, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from physicists and engineers, to actuaries and statisticians, scientific journalists and medical researchers. Many students go onto further study. Physics at Southampton is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2022.You’ll have access to exceptional research-grade facilities, including an observatory on the rooftop of the physics building.This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,760per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB - AAA

Typical Offer: AAA-AAB including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practicalor AABC including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics PracticalIf you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer:AAB including mathematics/further mathematics (minimum grade A) and physics (minimum grade A), with a pass in the physics Practical, plus grade A in the EP


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University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 50 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    151 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86.0 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%



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