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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

Discover photonics – the science of light – and apply your physics knowledge to the next generation of technologies. From the optical fibres that underpin today’s global internet to new medical treatments, photonics has transformed our lives. With the application of optical techniques set to increase and a shortage of qualified people to employ, photonics is a great field to study. You’ll be taught by staff at the top of their field – some of whom are based in our Optoelectronics Research Centre, one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research. At Southampton we have a long heritage of discovery and a concentration of expertise in photonics. You’ll also benefit from extensive, state-of-the-art laser laboratories, and learn how to use industry-standard equipment to make optical measurements. When you graduate you’ll be in a great position to take an industry research and development role, where your knowledge of lasers, optical components and nanofabrication techniques will be in great demand. You’ll also be well equipped for further research at PhD level. Many of our Physics with Photonics students continue their studies within Southampton’s prestigious Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) before going on to successful industry careers.Physics at Southampton is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2021.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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