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. English language: IELTS 6.0, with minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Months of entry


Course content

As a member of one of our friendly, vibrant research groups, you will find that people will always be interested to hear your ideas, discuss your results and help and encourage you generally. 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 be expected to present your 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: Galaxy clusters and AGN, supernovae and X-ray binaries, neutron stars and galaxy formation, high-energy phenomena 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

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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