Research course

Physics and Astronomy

University of Southampton · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, or MPhys/MSc Physics.

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:

Astronomy Group: Compact objects, including the full mass-scale of black holes, supernovae, time domain astronomy, galaxy evolution and next-generation instrumentation.

High-energy Physics Group: Beyond the standard model and cosmology, collider phenomenology, lattice QCD, strong coupling/holography and quantum gravity.

Quantum, Light and Matter Group: Quantum physics, semiconductor physics, plasmonics, lasers and photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, spectroscopy.

Space Environment Physics: Space environment physics including: Magnetospheres and upper atmospheres of solar system planets.

Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation Institute: Quantum matter, the extreme environment generated by black holes and neutron stars, and dark matter and dark energy

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Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

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