Research course

Physics and Astronomy

University of Southampton · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher or a Master of Science in physics or a Master of Physics. See equivalent international qualifications. English language: band 1b, IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Months of entry


Course content

As a member of one of our friendly, vibrant research groups, people will always be interested to hear your ideas and help and encourage you. You will attend postgraduate lectures, classes and research seminars, and there will be opportunities to attend short courses or summer schools, such as Institute of Physics workshops and Nato Advanced Study Institutes. You will also benefit from state-of-the-art facilities. We have advanced nanofabrication suites, and are one of the top supercomputing sites in the UK. We expect students to present their results at national and international conferences, and we will encourage you to write up your results for publication in scientific journals.

Research groups:


Quantum, Light and Matter

Space Environment Physics

The Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation Institute

Southampton High-Energy Physics

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Physical Sciences and Engineering
+44 (0)23 8059 2882