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From quantum theory to quasars. Physics and Astronomy Degrees 2014

Welcome to Physics and Astronomy at Southampton, which provides a dynamic and friendly environment in a well-equipped building on the University’s main campus. Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton has been highly rated for research now for more than a decade. This means that our students are learning from, and interacting with, physicists and astronomers who are world leaders in their fields.


Our teaching quality was highlighted in the 2012 National Student Survey, in which student satisfaction for our MPhys course was 91%. This reflects our students’ success (over 90% of MPhys students achieved a first class or 2.1 degree in 2012) and their enthusiasm for our teaching. We aim to provide an environment in which our students support each other and participate widely in departmental activities. Students have for many years run a parenting scheme to help new entrants settle in, while Physoc has won a Gold Award from the Institute of Physics for being the best UK Physics society. We are now supporters of Juno, recognising the importance of equality of opportunity and reward, and we were recently commended by the Institute of Physics for our friendly and supportive staff-to-student relationships. I hope you will choose to study here and look forward to welcoming you to our community. Professor Phil Charles Head of Physics and Astronomy





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In this prospectus



10 reasons to study physics and astronomy at Southampton


Careers and employability


International reputation, international experts


Academic excellence


High quality teaching and support


World-class facilities


Physics societies


Degree choices


Degree programmes


Flagship programmes


Course overview


Module descriptions


Common optional modules


Applying and selection




Scholarships, bursaries and funding 40 Southampton and region




Outreach and Public Engagement


How to find us 



10 reasons to study physics and astronomy at Southampton




International reputation

Research informed teaching

Cutting edge facilities

We are one of the top six places in the UK and one of the top 30 in the world to study Physics and Astronomy. You would be studying in a truly international environment, alongside students and staff from across the globe.

The research of our academics has been given the highest rating of 5*, meaning you will be learning from the very best.

90% of our students are satisfied with our learning resources, which include our research grade astronomy dome, as well as many of our other first rate facilities.




Outstanding student life

Top class students

High student satisfaction

Our Physics Society has won the UK’s Best Society award from the Institute of Physics two years in a row.

Over 90% of our MPhys students achieved a 2.1 or 1st class degree in 2012. We attract high calibre students. If you want to be challenged, this is the place for you.

91% of our students were satisfied with our MPhys courses in 2012.




Preparing you for the future

A friendly, supportive environment

We offer a range of placements and internships with organisations such as CERN to support and prepare you for your future career, and 86% of our students are in full time employment or further study within six months of graduating.


Our excellent staff-to-student ratio has been commended by the Institute of Physics.


Financial support

Flexible degree choices

We offer scholarships worth up to ÂŁ20,000 over the course of a four year degree, and also guarantee first year accommodation in halls of residence.

Our undergraduate programmes offer a grounding in the essentials plus a range of optional modules, so you can build a flexible degree course that reflects your interests.


Careers and employability Did you know that only lawyers and medics earn more after their degree than Physical Science graduates? (IoP survey). We hope you are interested in studying physics because you want to find out about relativity, superconductivity or cosmology and intend to get involved in an exciting career in research or hi-tech industry whether it be in photonics, satellite design, fusion or many other areas. Along the way though, you are going to become very employable! Physicists are great scientific problem solvers and hugely desired by employers throughout our economy from software design to City finance to teaching to health care. The BBC say a science degree is worth twice as much over your lifetime as an arts degree, adding over £12,000 on average to your annual income. We are very proud of our students’ record in finding employment and in 2012, 86% of our most recent graduates had found employment or gone on to further study within six months of graduating. In Physics and Astronomy at Southampton we work hard to help our students enter exciting careers. Our academic careers team, supported by our undergraduate society Physoc, puts on over 40 hours a year of careers advice ranging from helping you write your CV, to how to set up a small business, to mock interviews supported by real companies. Recent talks include a presentation by MatchTech and an introduction to PhD research study in Physics.

Our students also take part in events arranged by the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) including “meet the employers days” and talks by speakers from industry. SEPnet ( has a dedicated Physics Employer Liaison Director who our students can liaise with. A key part of her job is to find paid internships for our students for 8 weeks in the summer vacation. Last year 24 Southampton students secured placements with employers such as: −− BAE Systems −− INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium −− ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source −− Langton Star Centre, Simon Langton School, Canterbury −− Medical Research Council Harwell international research centre for mouse genetics −− National Physical Laboratory, the UK national measurement institute −− Phoenix Photonics −− SSVB Space & Ground Systems −− Thoughtified advanced web software systems As well as employing our students these companies offer advice on making our students competitive in the work place.

“I now work for Merck Chemicals as a research physicist, developing the newest generation of Liquid Crystal materials. The education I received at Southampton has given me the confidence to be a leader in this field where no two days are the same. In research, I enjoy having to solve technical problems which no one else may have worked on previously.” Joe Sargent | MPhys graduate


“I really enjoyed maths and technology at school and wanted to apply it to the questions ‘Where did the world come from?’ and ‘What will the world be like in future?’ The wide range of options at Southampton allowed me to explore the subject and discover the frontiers of physics. It was inspiring to get the opportunity to research as a professional at one of the top research institutes in the world, the Centre for Astrophysics at Harvard University. In addition, during my undergraduate degree, the excellent support of the physics department helped me to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for Great Britain, where I became a double Olympic finalist on the 10m platform. This propelled my career and motivated me to undertake my PhD at the University of Cambridge. My research involves looking for clues on how the Sun and planets were formed in other young stars. The beauty of research is the excitement of finding something new that no one in the entire world has discovered before.” Stacie Powell | Physics with Astronomy (with a year abroad) graduate

Physics and Astronomy graduate, Stacie Powell, competed for Great Britain in the 10 metre platform dive at the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London


International reputation, international experts The University of Southampton is recognised internationally for the quality of its teaching and research. In the fields of science and engineering, the University ranks among the very best in the UK. The University’s science and engineering departments were all awarded the top 5* grade in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which involved universities across the country. The 5* rating means that over half of our work is considered to be either world leading or internationally excellent. Physics and Astronomy was one of just five UK Physics departments to have achieved a 5* in each of the last two RAEs. Many of our teaching staff are eminent experts in their fields of study. Two are Fellows of the Royal Society, which is Britain’s top accolade for scientific achievement, and several others have won major academic awards.



Academic excellence At Southampton, we strongly believe that top quality teaching in physics can only be provided by world-class research experts. Our academic staff members have the enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire the excellent students we teach. Our research was recognised for its outstanding international quality in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Astronomy

The Magnetism and Superconductivity Group studies the way in which magnetic and superconducting The Southampton Astronomy Group has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of accretion onto, and emission properties are modified by the structuring and patterning of thin films on length scales down to a few from, black holes. This includes black holes of all sizes nanometres. The spin dynamics of magnetic materials (galactic and extragalactic) and research focuses are studied using neutron scattering and muon spin on how these compact objects interact with their environments. Most compact objects are characterised relaxation techniques. by the emission of high energy photons and hence X-ray The recently formed Nanotechnology Group is rapidly and gamma-ray observations are central to much of growing and has key interests in liquid crystals and the work. The group is interested in the comparison molecular electronics. between galactic and extragalactic black hole systems and exploring how emission properties scale with mass. Theoretical high energy physics Research also focuses on both disc and jet emission and Particle physicists study the most elementary the relationship between these two components. The constituents of matter, the basic forces of nature group also led the space science design of the European and the role of particles in the early Universe. These Space Agency’s (ESA) Integral satellite mission. The scientists perform experiments ranging from those at Space Environment group studies the Earth’s upper huge particle accelerators (such as the Large Hadron atmosphere and its interactions with the Sun – this is Collider) through to deep underground laboratories, crucial research for understanding global warming. orbiting satellites and also particle simulations using the most powerful computers. The next generation Quantum, Light and Matter of research is poised to unlock some of the deepest The Quantum, Light and Matter Group’s research questions, such as: what is the origin of mass, can all covers the study and design of novel materials.In forces of nature be unified, and how did the Universe combination with the Optoelectronics Research Centre, begin? Academic staff in the Theoretical Physics this makes Southampton the leading UK academic Group have key expertise in the study of the strong and institution for the study of lasers and photonics. The weak nuclear forces, matter anti-matter asymmetry Quantum Optoelectronics Group studies how to and string theory. We also have close links with the modify light’s interactions with materials while our experimental particle physicists at the Rutherford Quantum Control Group manipulates atoms with light. Appleton Laboratory through the NExT Institute. Meanwhile, the Spintronics Group optically orients electron and nuclei spins to design new storage media.


Dr Anna Scaife teaching 1st year Energy and Matter

Close collaboration

Investing in excellence

A feature of life in the department is the strong rapport between staff and students – the Institute of Physics recently commended the department on its studentfriendly environment. Indeed, a highlight for many of our students is the opportunity to work alongside staff on a final-year research project exploring the frontiers of physics.

Physics has benefited from considerable University investment in recent years. More than a quarter of our staff have joined us in the last five years, many from across Europe and the US. The high calibre of our staff helps to strengthen our world-class research profile.

As a student in the department, you will be taught, first hand, by leading experts and your degree qualification will be recognised internationally. Recent final-year research projects include: −− simulations of galaxy-galaxy interactions −− critical currents in superconductors −− atmospheric transmission of UV: an ozone monitor −− television holography −− supersymmetric quantum mechanics −− strings in exotic space-times.

Continued investment in facilities, including a recent renovation of our building, has proved central to our growth in recent years. Our student astronomy domes were re-equipped and a further £500,000 has been invested to upgrade the undergraduate laboratories. Our research groups continue to attract significant grant funding from the UK research councils and the European Union. The Nanotechnology group’s new NanoMaterials Rapid Prototyping Facility is also used extensively by undergraduate students as part of their project work. The theory and astronomy groups have joined the School of Mathematics to set up the Southampton Theory Astrophysics and Gravity (STAG) research centre, to study quantum gravity, cosmology and the extreme environments of black holes and neutron stars.


High quality teaching and support Here in Physics and Astronomy we aim to ensure that our students grow in knowledge and confidence as they progress to graduation.

Teaching hours A typical first year student has 20 contact hours per week.

Our curriculum design and level of student achievement were singled out for praise in the most recent National Practical work Review of Teaching Quality. Experimental work allows students to apply their Staff members are enthusiastic about their subjects knowledge. This work takes place in our modern and put great effort into making lectures interesting laboratories – students have access to the latest and accessible to ensure that students reach their apparatus and a wide range of computer-controlled full potential. Our success rate is impressive and a equipment. In the laboratory, academic and research high proportion of students gain excellent degree staff are on hand to advise and help students. The classifications. This opens the door to a wide range of Institute of Physics recently praised the high level of careers and also provides an opportunity for higher organisation and facilities in our undergraduate labs. degree study at MSc or PhD level. We were delighted that in a recent National Student Survey 100% of our students said they would recommend us to a friend. Southampton’s Physical Science courses were also ranked in the same survey as the best in the Russell Group of elite research intensive Universities.

Support services When you arrive at Southampton you will be assigned a personal tutor who will oversee your progress and offer help and advice throughout your course. During the first year, you will have weekly, small group tutorials which provide an opportunity to solve problems and discuss any issues or concerns. As you near the end of your studies, tutors will be happy to discuss career options or provide that all-important reference for your first job.

“I voted for Professor Chris Sachrajda FRS, who won the award for best lecturer in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering for his outstanding introductory course on Quantum Mechanics at the Student Union teaching awards 2013.” Paul Wright | MPhys with Astronomy


Telescope alignment in the roof-top observatory

World-class facilities Physics and Astronomy features excellent research facilities and resources, including: −− two roof-top observatories equipped with high quality telescopes and CCD detectors −− dedicated computer suites −− state-of-the-art lecture theatres −− newly refurbished, purpose-built laboratories with the latest computer-controlled equipment −− a specialist photonics laboratory with research-grade laser equipment −− a dedicated physics reading room/library for independent study.


Physoc have been running a series of after school clubs to teach children about space. Derek the bear’s space journey was the culmination of all their efforts

Physics societies Students in Physics and Astronomy are very active. They run Physoc, a society dedicated to promoting Physics. Annual events include a talk about the Nobel Prize, but their main focus is on providing social events for our students. Weekly events include sports and parties. Recently, the Institute of Physics gave Physoc an award for being the best Undergraduate Physics Society in the UK. Our students also run Astrosoc, concentrating on practical observing with our roof top telescopes. We actively support Theano, a networking organisation for students and staff supporting women in science, engineering and technology. Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is also an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice and environments for both women and men.


A teddy bear called Derek took one giant step for bearkind on Sunday 3 March 2013, when he was blasted into space by members of the University of Southampton’s Physics Society (Physoc) and pupils from Toynbee School in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Derek was launched 34 kilometers into space in a specially-designed space suit, which had to withstand extreme temperatures and safely house his data sensors for his day above the Earth, so he could measure data in the stratosphere. Also attached to Derek were two stills cameras and a video camera to record some fantastic pictures and video of the Earth.

Watch the video of Derek the bear in space on our YouTube channel at PhysicsAstronomyUoS

Degree choices MPhys (4 year) and BSc (3 year) degrees The four year MPhys, designed for students intending to become professional physicists, allows extra specialisation and the development of more key skills. You don’t have to choose between the three-year course and the four-year course when you first enrol. Generally, we recommend that you enrol initially for the four-year MPhys. As well as studying our core physics modules you can choose two options a year including the option modules from our specialist MPhys degree programmes. Our three year BSc course also provides a rigorous education in modern physics. If you wish to transfer to the BSc degree, you can do so at any time up to the end of the second year. The transfer from the three-year to a four-year degree must be completed by the end of the second year. Whichever programme you choose, you will gain a solid understanding and knowledge of the main areas of physics and learn a range of generic skills, including problem solving, data analysis and team working, which are highly valued by employers. Our degree programmes provide excellent preparation for a range of careers, including scientific research, software engineering, law and financial consultancy as well as postgraduate study. Single honours and combined honours degrees All degree programmes are based on a core of essential fundamental physics courses, supplemented by a range of optional modules. Our Single Honours MPhys (four-year) and BSc (three-year) degrees give the greatest flexibility in choosing your options. You may, for example, choose to add a variety of options, such as ‘The physics of the solar system’, ‘Medical physics’, or ‘Energy and the environment’. In this case, a single honours degree, either a BSc (three-year) or an MPhys (four-year), would suit you best. Alternatively, you may choose to study options in a subsidiary subject of your choice, such as Astronomy or Photonics. These are combined honours programmes and result in the award of degrees, such as Physics with Astronomy and Physics with Photonics.

There is considerable flexibility to move from single honours to combined honours and vice versa, especially in the first year of your degree. The Combined honours degrees are: −− Physics with Astronomy −− Physics with Space Science −− Physics with Photonics −− Physics with Mathematics −− Physics with Nanotechnology Key skills A degree in physics is not just about learning facts – physicists are skilled at studying new systems and understanding how to investigate them and model their behaviour. Problem-solving skills are greatly valued by employers and are firmly embedded in our undergraduate teaching. The first year of our course has been specially designed to provide a smooth transition from A Level study (or equivalent qualifications), and we include small group, weekly tutorials and problem-solving classes in our teaching. Our first-year courses help to develop problem-solving skills through micro-projects in which students design their own experiments from scratch. In the second, third and fourth years of our degree programmes, we add career skills such as computing, scientific presentation and scientific writing. Programme structure – core and options Normally you take eight modules each year. The full details about our degree programme structure are given later in this booklet. One common feature of all programmes is the mix of compulsory ‘core’ modules and options. Core modules cover essential topics required for any career in physics. As you progress through your degree, you will have increasing flexibility to choose options. A list of popular optional modules is also given in this guide.


Q Why did you choose to study Physics at Southampton? A

I always wanted to study physics because it lets you understand how the world works and I love the strange bits like relativity and quantum mechanics - they really make you think! I chose Southampton because of its great reputation and because of the welcoming atmosphere when I visited. That’s really panned out because the environment is so friendly here.

Q Can you describe a typical day as a student at Southampton? A

Lectures usually start at 9am. We have 1 or 2 hours of lectures in the morning with a break in between and then an hour for lunch. In the afternoon there might be a few more lectures, or some lab work doing experiments. The day is normally finished between 3 and 5pm. Every day is different, which is one of the reasons I love university.

Sarah Clark | Undergraduate Physics Student


Degree programmes Degree programmes MPhys (four-year course) Physics


Physics with Astronomy


Physics with Space Science


Physics with Photonics


Physics with Mathematics


Physics with Nanotechnology


Physics with Astronomy (with a year abroad)


Particle Physics (with a year abroad)


Physics with a Year of Experimental Research


Physics with Industrial Placement


BSc (three-year course) Physics


BSc/MPhys (4/5 year course) Physics with Foundation Year


*Students interested in the Year Abroad programmes should apply for the MPhys Physics course F303 (for CERN year abroad) or MPhys Physics with Astronomy course F3FM (for Harvard year abroad). Places on the Year Abroad programmes are limited and candidates will have the opportunity to compete for positions in year 2 of study. ** Students interested in the Physics with a Year of Experimental Research programme or Physics with Industrial Placement programme should apply for the MPhys Physics course F303. Places on these programmes are limited and candidates will have the opportunity to compete for positions in year 2 of study.

“The ability to recognise a student’s potential and release it makes this University like no other.” David Emanuel Elcock | MPhys Physics


“They do a great placement scheme here – you can get out into the field of your choice” Charlie England | MPhys student


Physics (MPhys and BSc) Physics and Astronomy are dynamic subjects which are continually being developed by new discoveries and innovations. In choosing to study physics at Southampton you will benefit from being taught by research active physicists who enjoy an outstanding international reputation in all research areas carried out within Physics and Astronomy. We assign a high priority to the continual development and improvement of teaching methods and curriculum design in order to guarantee students a highly stimulating as well as enjoyable learning experience. The MPhys programme offers a greater breadth and depth of study than the BSc Programme. The third year curriculum differs substantially from that of the BSc. There are opportunities in the final year to study specialist topics at an advanced level and to acquire key generic and research scientific skills.

Compulsory Modules (MPhys) Year 1: PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity PHYS1017 Physics Skills I PHYS1013 Energy and Matter PHYS1011 Waves, Light and Quanta PHYS1019 Physics Skills II MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Scientists Year 2: PHYS2001 PHYS2003 PHYS2006 PHYS2022 PHYS2023 PHYS2024

Electromagnetism Quantum Physics Classical Mechanics Physics from Evidence I Wave Physics Quantum Physics of Matter

Year 3: PHYS3002 PHYS3004 PHYS3007 PHYS3008

Nuclei and Particles Crystalline Solids Theories of Matter, Space and Time Atomic Physics

PHYS6008 Physics from Evidence II or PHYS6017 Computer Techniques in Physics

PHYS6009 Dissertation

Year 4: PHYS6006 Project (double module) PHYS6015 Synoptic Physics Compulsory Modules (BSc) Year 1: Same as MPhys Year 1 Year 2: Same as MPhys Year 2 Year 3: PHYS3002 PHYS3004 PHYS3008 PHYS3017 PHYS3018

Nuclei and Particles Crystalline Solids Atomic Physics Synoptic Physics Project


Solar telescope

Physics with Astronomy (MPhys) In addition to studying the fundamental aspects of physics, your course options include: physics of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology. You will cover topics such as solar flares, white dwarfs, black holes and quasars. In the second year our top students have the opportunity to visit Tenerife, in Spain, for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory. In your final year you may undertake a six-month project using the University Observatory.

The following are the additional modules that must be taken to qualify for the relevant degree programme Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science PHYS1008 Physics of the Solar System Year 2: PHYS2013 Galaxies Year 3: PHYS3011 Photons in Astrophysics PHYS3010 Stellar Evolution Year 4: PHYS6004 Space Plasma Physics PHYS6005 Cosmology

“Around the department and on campus there is an amazing atmosphere, and everyone is so friendly.� Olivia Keenan | MPhys with Astronomy student


Spacecraft Systems and Design is part of our Space Science programme

Physics with Space Science (MPhys) In addition to core physics modules , the Physics with Space Science degree includes a diverse range of topics in remote sensing and space engineering. Remote sensing of the Earth from satellite-borne instruments is particularly important in studies of global warming and environmental protection. In the second year our top students have the opportunity to visit La Laguna University in Tenerife, in Spain, for a design study of a scientific spacecraft.

The following are the additional modules that must be taken to qualify for the relevant degree programme Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1008 Physics of the Solar System PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science Year 2: PHYS2012 European Dimension in Space SESA2001 Astronautics II Year 3: SESA3010 Spacecraft Systems and Design (Year Long) Year 4: PHYS6004 Space Plasma Physics

“The options I took are space science based and I do space craft systems and design which is really cool because I get to say I do rocket science!� Cait Percy | MPhys with Space Science student


Molecular quantum interferometer experiment

Physics with Photonics (MPhys) The ongoing extraordinary growth in telecommunications has been made possible through the development of photonic systems, comprising lasers and fibre optic cables, in which information is conveyed by light. The application of optical techniques looks set to increase and the emerging photonics industry has a shortage of qualified people to employ. This degree is taught by staff from Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre and forms an excellent foundation for a career in photonics.

The following are the additional modules that must be taken to qualify for the relevant degree programme Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1004 Introduction to Photonics Year 2: PHYS2009 Practical Photonics Year 3: PHYS3003 Light and Matter PHYS6009 Dissertation on Laser Science Year 4: PHYS6006 Project on Photonics PHYS6012 Coherent Light, Coherent Matter PHYS6024 Lasers

“I have always been interested in physics and in particular laser physics, so the University of Southampton was my first choice given the reputation of the staff and the research facilities” Theo Chen-Sverre | MPhys with Photonics student


First year student Thomas Crane in tutorial

Physics with Mathematics (MPhys) Mathematics is the fundamental language of physics and this degree allows students to explore this area in more detail in conjunction with the excellent School of Mathematics. Students can choose to study a wide range of subjects, including general relativity, topology, number theory or the mathematics of finance. Theoretical physics courses and projects are also available and these are taught by international experts in the Theoretical Particle Physics Group.

The following are the additional modules that must be taken to qualify for the relevant degree programme Compulsory Modules Year 1: MATH1048 Linear Algebra I MATH1049 Linear Algebra II Year 2: MATH2038 Partial Differential Equations MATH2045 Vector Calculus and Complex Analysis Year 3: MATH3006 Relativity, Black Holes and Cosmology MATH3018 Numerical Methods Year 4: MATH6097 Advanced Differential Equations

MATH6107 Gravitational Waves or MATH6139 Advanced General Relativity

“I enjoy being part of the physics society and I am proud of the fact that we have won awards from the Institute of Physics for being the best physics society in the UK.� Holly Farnham | MPhys with Maths student


Loadlock for a nanoparticle deposition system

Physics with Nanotechnology (MPhys) Nanotechnology and Nanoscience involve the study of matter and machines down to scales of a billionth of a metre. These are highly inter-disciplinary fields and so you will learn, in addition to the core studies of a physics degree, fundamental aspects of how physics, photonics, electronics, chemistry, and biochemistry relate to Nanotechnology. Much of your project work will be based in our new NanoFabrication Centre.

The following are the additional modules that must be taken to qualify for the relevant degree programme Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1004 Introduction to Photonics PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld Year 2: PHYS2009 Practical Photonics BIOL1010 Molecular Basis of Life Year 3: PHYS3003 Light and Matter PHYS6009 Dissertation in Nanotechnology Year 4: PHYS6014 Nanoscience: Technology and Advanced Materials


“I decided to go and study at the University of Southampton simply because it felt like the best place for me, and I definitely made the right choice. The opportunities here are endless and it is a great place to study physics. It is a research focused institute which provides a huge amount of support for its students. Every day here is a productive day and the energy and enthusiasm of the people around me encourages me to try new things and be at my best.� Ali Amouzadeh | MPhys with Nanotechnology student


Flagship programmes Year of research (abroad or in Southampton) Our MPhys degrees include the exciting possibility of spending your final year working on a prolonged research project either here in Southampton or abroad. These flagship programmes are intended for our top first class students who wish to go on to study for a PhD and aim to provide those students with skills and experience that put them ahead of their peers. Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first class students – they move into the programme at the end of the second year. Their courses are then carefully coordinated to fasttrack them in three years to the frontier of knowledge in the subject area they are interested in. The final year can then be spent tackling state of the art research problems.

ATLAS Experiment Š 2013 CERN


Physics with Astronomy (with a year abroad) Our Astronomy students relocate to Boston in the United States to work at the world renowned Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Examples of recent projects are “Model-Independent Mass Determinations of Galaxy Clusters” and “Methods to Improve Near Earth Asteroid Discovery”. Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1008 Physics of the Solar System PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity PHYS1017 Physics Skills I PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science PHYS1011 Waves, Light and Quanta PHYS1013 Energy and Matter PHYS1019 Physics Skills II MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Physical Science Year 2: PHYS2006 PHYS2013 PHYS2022 PHYS2023 PHYS2001 PHYS2003 PHYS2011 PHYS2024

Year 3: PHYS3004 PHYS3008 PHYS3011 PHYS6005 PHYS3002 PHYS3007 PHYS3010 PHYS6017

Crystalline Solids Atomic Physics Photons in Astrophysics Cosmology Nuclei and Particles Theories of Matter, Space and Time Stellar Evolution Computer Techniques in Physics

Year 4: PHYS6013 Astrophysics Research Project

Classical Mechanics Galaxies Physics from Evidence I Wave Physics Electromagnetism Quantum Physics Design and Observation in Astronomy Quantum Physics of Matter

“As part of my degree, I had the opportunity to visit a working observatory on Mount Teide in Tenerife and spent a year doing research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, USA.” Elizabeth Bartlett | MPhys with Astronomy (with a year abroad)


Particle Physics (with a year abroad) Our particle physics students relocate to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to work with one of the major experiments at the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s highest energy atom smashing machine, which has recently discovered the Higgs particle. A recent example project was “Search for a light CP-odd Higgs boson with a di-muon final state at ATLAS”.

Compulsory Modules Year 1: PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity PHYS1017 Physics Skills I PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods PHYS1011 Waves, Light and Quanta PHYS1013 Energy and Matter PHYS1019 Physics Skills II MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Physical Science Year 2: PHYS2006 PHYS2022 PHYS2023 PHYS2001 PHYS2003 PHYS2024

Year 3: PHYS3004 PHYS3008 PHYS6003 PHYS3002 PHYS3007 PHYS6011 PHYS6017

Crystalline Solids Atomic Physics Advanced Quantum Physics Nuclei and Particles Theories of Matter, Space and Time Particle Physics Computer Techniques in Physics

Year 4: PHYS6016 Particle Physics Research Project

Classical Mechanics Physics from Evidence I Wave Physics Electromagnetism Quantum Physics Quantum Physics of Matter

“I would like to thank everyone for making this opportunity possible, I can’t imagine a better way to spend the final year of my degree than working at CERN.” Ben Sowden | MPhys Particle Physics (with a year abroad)


Physics with a Year of Experimental Research Our materials physicists have the opportunity to make use of our world class laboratories here in Southampton. The final year of research can be spent working on any of the areas of expertise of our Quantum, Light and Matter research group, from photonics to nanotechnology to the quantum properties of matter. An example of recent work was “The Nanotechnology of an Ultra Efficient Photo-Voltaic Cell�. Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

Year 1: PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity PHYS1017 Physics Skills I PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods PHYS1011 Waves, Light and Quanta PHYS1013 Energy and Matter PHYS1019 Physics Skills II MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Physical Science

Year 1: 2 options. Recommended to be chosen from: PHYS1004 Introduction to Photonics or MATH1048 Linear Algebra I PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld MATH1049 Linear Algebra II

Year 2: PHYS2006 PHYS2022 PHYS2023 PHYS2001 PHYS2003 PHYS2024

Classical Mechanics Physics from Evidence I Wave Physics Electromagnetism Quantum Physics Quantum Physics of Matter

Year 3: PHYS3004 PHYS3008 PHYS6003 PHYS3002 PHYS3007

Crystalline Solids Atomic Physics Advanced Quantum Physics Nuclei and Particles Theories of Matter, Space and Time

Year 2: 2 options. Recommended to be chosen from: MATH2015 Mathematical Methods for Scientists PHYS2009 Practical Photonics Year 3: 3 options. Recommended to be chosen from: PHYS6024 Lasers PHYS6012 Coherent Light, Coherent Matter PHYS3003 Light and Matter PHYS6017 Computer Techniques in Physics PHYS3009 Applied Nuclear Physics PHYS6014 Nanoscience: Technology and Advanced Materials

Year 4: PHYS 6018 Quantum, Light and Matter Physics Research Project


MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement For students interested in making strong links with industry we have created a new degree programme. Selected top-performing students will enter the programme at the end of year 2 from our MPhys programmes. The Industrial Placement will be in a local company such as Merck and will last for 6 months. The placement period occurs over the summer between the 3rd and 4th year and continues through the 1st semester of year 4.

Compulsory Modules This programme follows the MPhys Physics programme throughout, except for the summer between years 3 and 4 and semester one of year 4, which are spent in industry.

“When I heard about the introduction of the programme I was very intrigued as I had been considering trying to get into industry rather than academia after my degree had finished. Unlike a summer placement, the industrial placement would give me a better insight into how a company runs. It also appealed as the programme allows a larger range of projects to be undertaken by students that may not be possible within the university and since I have developed an interest in physics applications in the defence sector this placement opportunity best suited my interests rather than the standard university set-up.� Adele Thomas | MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement

Physics with Foundation Year This four- or five-year degree is designed for students who have not studied A Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Physics.

The first year of the course consists primarily of basic physics and mathematics, with much of the teaching taking place in small groups.

This Foundation Year is suitable for UK, EU and international students. It is also suitable for mature students returning to study who may not have the appropriate background for direct entry to a Physics degree programme.

Progression from the Foundation Year to your chosen degree programme is automatic, with no need to reapply, providing you have taken the relevant pathway modules and passed them at the required standard.


The remaining three or four years are based around the same structure as the BSc or MPhys degrees.

“I believe the reputation of the University contributed to me gaining an interview at IBM, which ultimately led to my employment.� Andrew Naylor | MPhys Physics


Course overview Year 1 (MPhys and BSc)

Year 2 (MPhys and BSc)


PHYS2001 Electromagnetism

Waves, Light and Quanta

PHYS1013 Energy and Matter

PHYS2003 Quantum Physics

PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity

PHYS2006 Classical Mechanics

PHYS1017 Physics Skills I

PHYS2022 Physics from Evidence I

PHYS1019 Physics Skills II

PHYS2023 Wave Physics

PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS2024 Quantum Physics of Matter

MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods

2 module choices

MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Scientists 2 module choices


Working on an experiment in first year labs

Year 3 (MPhys)

Year 4 (MPhys)

PHYS3002 Nuclei and Particles

PHYS6006 Project (double module)

PHYS3004 Crystalline Solids

PHYS6015 Synoptic Physics

PHYS3007 Theories of Matter, Space and Time

5 module choices

PHYS3008 Atomic Physics PHYS6008 Physics from Evidence II or PHYS6017 Computer Techniques in Physics PHYS6009 Dissertation 2 module choices

Year 3 (BSc) PHYS3002 Nuclei and Particles PHYS3004 Crystalline Solids PHYS3008 Atomic Physics PHYS3017 Synoptic Physics PHYS3018 Project 3 module choices


Module descriptions Year 1 modules

Year 2 modules

Motion and Relativity

Maxwell’s Electromagnetism

Newton’s laws are highly successful, but they fail to explain dynamics at speeds close to the speed of light. This module introduces special relativity and its consequences, including time dilation, length contraction and E=mc2.

This module explores how electric and magnetic forces come together to reveal light as an electromagnetic wave.

Electricity and Magnetism The interactions of electric charges through electric and magnetic fields provide an excellent example of a fundamental force at work. These interactions, holding atoms together and binding them into everyday matter, are controlled by simple and elegant laws, which are examined by this course.

Quantum Physics Quantum theory – through uncertainty and probability waves – dominates the atomic realm. This module explores how quantum mechanics works, starting from Schrödinger’s equation. Classical Mechanics Planetary dynamics and the strange behaviour of gyroscopes are key themes in this exciting course.

Energy and Matter

Wave Physics

The laws of thermodynamics provide a very powerful tool for understanding the properties of matter – from the phases of water to black holes. This module offers an introduction to energy and matter and the inexorable increase of entropy in the Universe.

Wave physics underlies all physics, from the properties and mechanics of waves, the origins of the processes of refraction, dispersion and interference, to the quantum mechanics of the uncertainty principle.

Waves, Light and Quanta Light is an invaluable probe for studying the Universe. This module covers classical light propagation and then explores how a break-down in the wave description of light led to the concept of photons and ultimately to the quantum mechanical revolution. Supplementary courses A range of supporting modules introduces you to key mathematical tools and experimental methods in physics. These modules include ‘mini-projects’ that encourage you to think creatively in the lab. Weekly small group tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss course topics. Options Within Physics and Astronomy you can choose to study the essentials of astronomy, such as star and planet formation, learn basic photonics or be introduced to the nanoworld. You can also study aspects of chemistry, biology, oceanography, engineering, archaeology, philosophy or a foreign language by choosing options run elsewhere in the University.


Quantum Physics of Matter What is the difference between a metal and a non-metal? Why do some materials transfer heat or electricity well but others not? This module looks at this behavior from the viewpoint of the quantum world of atoms. Supplementary courses You will have the opportunity to build on first-year study and learn new mathematical techniques. Problem classes linked to the courses help you to develop problem-solving techniques. Options Opportunities include the study of the Universe on a galactic scale or a look into our use of energy resources on Earth. You can also broaden your interests and select modules run elsewhere or branch out into new areas, including the University’s Curriculum Broadening modules.

Year 3 modules Atomic Physics The quantum mechanics of electrons is the key to understanding atoms and molecules. Calculating the energy spectrum of hydrogen atoms from first principles is one of the major triumphs of physics and forms an important part of the course. Crystalline Solids Matter has some very exotic phases displaying a variety of magnetic or superconducting properties which we explore. We examine, for example, how lattice vibrations are quantised as particles called as phonons.

MPhys Physics from Evidence II or Computer Techniques in Physics Physicists use standard techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scintillation or vacuum technology, while numerical computation is often described as the third arm of science after theory and experiment. The lab module provides hands-on lab experience to help you to develop a range of skills and techniques, while the computing module develops the use of computers for simulation and data analysis. MPhys Options

Nuclei and Particles

You can take a variety of options, from nuclear physics through to computer modelling.

At the core of every atom are protons and neutrons which are bound together by the strong nuclear force. This module introduces models of the nucleus and examines the discovery of the many elementary particles in particle accelerators. This module looks at the search for a fundamental theory of matter at subnuclear scales.

BSc Project This module is dedicated to a major experimental, theoretical or computer based project. Recent examples of student projects have included detecting lightning strikes from the electro-magnetic excitations in the atmosphere and modelling heavy ion collisions. BSc Options In the third year, you will have greater flexibility to choose options, from computer modelling, through to nuclear physics and stellar evolution. Alternatively, you may also select courses run elsewhere in the University. BSc Synoptic Physics This module revisits the core curriculum of the degree programme, encouraging a synthesis of ideas from different modules. Problem solving in new environments is developed. You will fnish your degree programme with a coherent understanding of the wide perspective of physics.


First year labs: starting out on a set of linked experiments in optics.

Year 4 modules (MPhys) MPhys Project

MPhys Synoptic Physics

A quarter of the final year is dedicated to a major project linked to one of our active research groups. This project can be experimental, theoretical or computer based and you can choose from a wide variety of subjects. Recent examples range from laser trapping of nanoparticles, through to aurora studies and examinations of particle physics data.

This course revisits the core curriculum of the degree programme encouraging understanding synthesis of ideas from different courses. Problem solving in new environments is developed. You will finish your degree programmes with a coherent understanding of the wide perspective of physics.

Options The fourth year of an MPhys degree is all about specialising. You can choose from a host of subjects, such as advanced quantum mechanics, particle physics, cosmology, liquid crystals, or space plasma physics.


Common optional modules Some common optional modules. For full details of our options please go to: Physics Options

Additional Options

PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy

Examples of additional options across the University

PHYS1004 Introduction to Photonics PHYS1008 Physics of the Solar System PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld

Philosophy PHIL1005 Ethics

SESA3010 Spacecraft Systems and Design


MATH1048 Linear Algebra I

MUSI1009 Introduction to World Music

MATH1049 Linear Algebra II Archaeology PHYS2013 Galaxies

ARCH1029 Introduction to Archaeology

PHYS2009 Practical Photonics


SESA2001 Astronautics

ENGL1004 Poetic Language

PHYS2007 Medical Physics

ENGL1080 Literary Transformations

PHYS2015 Introduction to Energy and the Environment Geography PHYS3011 Photons in Astrophysics PHYS3010 Stellar Evolution PHYS3003 Light and Matter MATH3006 Relativity, Black Holes and Cosmology

GEOG1001 Global and Local Environmental Change History HIST1080 History and Historians

MATH3018 Numerical Methods


PHYS3009 Applied Nuclear Physics

FREN1001 Modern French Culture

SOES3016 Oceanography from Space PHYS3019 Communicating and teaching (undergraduate ambassadors scheme) PHYS6003 Advanced Quantum Physics PHYS6004 Space Plasma Physics

Management MANG1003 Introduction to Management Environmental Sciences SOES1008 Earth & Ocean Systems

PHYS6012 Coherent Light, Coherent Matter


PHYS6024 Lasers

BIOL1003 Ecology

PHYS6011 Particle Physics PHYS6005 Cosmology PHYS6014 Nanoscience MATH6107 Gravitational Waves


Applying and selection Physics and Astronomy selectors take account of every aspect of your experience, including evidence of motivation, commitment and enthusiasm. In terms of academic skills, the selectors will look at your achievements in mathematics and physics, which provide the best indication of your potential success on the degree course. Selectors consider each application carefully and individual offers may vary on a case-by-case basis. The admissions team also give serious consideration to applicants who narrowly miss the selection criteria, taking into account any special circumstances. We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications. Students wishing to take advantage of our Foundation Year should contact the admissions team at an early stage for advice on entry requirements. International students Physics is an international discipline and we welcome applications from international students. We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry. More information can be found on the international admissions pages of our website. Alternatively, please contact the admissions team at: International students need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of English language. For further information please visit


Key facts Intake 120 Applicants per place (average) 7 Selection Process UCAS application, with an invitation to visit the Department Typical entry requirements A Levels AAA Including AA in Physics, Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics IB Minimum 34 points. Including grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics & grade 6 in Higher Level Physics

Fees UK and EU student fees

Channel Islands/Isle of Man student fees

The University will set fees for 2014/15 when the government establishes limits for tuition fees. For 2013/14, the University set the tuition fee at ÂŁ9,000 (the maximum permitted), but we offer a large number of generous fee waivers and bursaries for eligible students. For students from lower income families, these financial packages will be based on household income supplied to us by the Student Loans Company.

Fees are set by the islands’ governments and UK universities are notified of the levels in the Spring prior to the academic session in which students commence their programme of study.

We attract the best students from all backgrounds and review and adjust the range of student support, including bursaries, in consultation with our students to minimise concerns about the cost of coming to university. We also continue to deliver a significant programme of on- and off-campus outreach and student recruitment activities to encourage the broadest possible range of students to consider applying here. Visit our website for the latest information on tuition fees before you submit your UCAS form for entry in the 2014/15 academic year. Students who have applied for a deferred place in 2015/16 will be eligible for the 2014/15 tuition fees and support.

For up-to-date information on tuition fees for Channel Islands/Isle of Man students, visit our website. International student fees for 2014 All programmes (including Foundation Year) in Engineering and Science: ÂŁ16,320 per year. Fees increase on an annual basis Note: All figures quoted in this section may be subject to change. For up-to-date information visit our website. Further information The following websites provide information about all aspects of student finances: get help estimating your university living costs useful information about student finance in general


Scholarships, bursaries and funding Physics scholarships Physics and Astronomy awards a maximum of 5 scholarships annually to outstanding UK/EU students, based on a written examination taken in November of the year preceding entry. Successful applicants will receive £5,000 per year throughout their course. Invitations to sit the examination are sent to students who apply to us through UCAS before 31st October. Please see the Physics and Astronomy website for further information: The South East Physics Network Vacation work bursaries The department of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine Physics departments working together to boost and sustain physics across South-East England, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Our students benefit from employer engagement opportunities including a sponsored “meet the employers day”, talks by speakers from Industry, and a range of bursaries for physics-related work during the summer holidays for successful applicants. For more information go to: International scholarships These provide overseas students with £1000 each year for every grade A* achieved in A2 Level examinations (up to a maximum of £3,000 per year). Students holding qualifications which are equivalent to A2 Levels may be eligible to apply. Students outside the EU are eligible to apply for these awards. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information at: For more information, and to find out which organisations offer funds to help international students with their studies in the UK, go to

University of Southampton scholarships There are a number of scholarships available to Physics students at the University of Southampton. The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme Southampton is one of only six UK universities to accept students sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS). The DTUS offers scholarships to students wishing to pursue a technical, engineering, or scientific career in one of the three armed services or the MOD civil service. More than 140 students at the University are now sponsored by the DTUS. For further information, visit: DTUS: Thunderer Squadron: Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships Scheme Thanks to a generous £3m donation by Dr Naim Dangoor, the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships Scheme assists up to 4,000 students at Russell Group and 1994 Group institutions across the UK. As a participant in the scheme, the University of Southampton offers around 30 new scholarships annually to first-year undergraduate students, each valued at £1,000. These awards support widening participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. For more information, visit Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) TASS is a scheme that supports elite athletes who wish to progress with a formal academic course and maintain an involvement in performance sport. Students are selected by the national governing body of their sport and the funding is channelled through the university where students are based. Since the scheme was introduced in 2004, the University of Southampton has supported more than 150 athletes through this programme.


Allowances and grants


If you have dependents, are a single parent and/or are disabled, you may also be entitled to a grant to help meet certain living costs. For more information, visit

In addition to our scholarship programme, we offer a generous range of bursaries designed to help UK undergraduate students in the most financial need. We are committed to enabling talented students to benefit from our education, irrespective of their background. We have a strong record of supporting students with bursaries, of which we are justly proud.

Maintenance grants You may be eligible for a maintenance grant. For more information, visit Access to Learning Fund Available to UK students enrolled at the University of Southampton, this fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship which could cause them to leave Higher Education. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. UK students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply. The Government asks us to give priority to the following groups of students when deciding how the Fund is allocated: −− Students with dependents (especially lone parents) −− Students with disabilities −− Mature students −− Care Leavers −− Final year students Students from outside these priority categories are still welcome to apply for support from Access to Learning Fund, but they will receive a lower percentage of their overall shortfall.

Access to Southampton Bursary New students from low income households in the local area may be able to benefit from one of 300 Access to Southampton Bursaries of £1,000. Part-time work If you would like a temporary job to help with your living costs, our Temp Bank service advertises part-time, temporary jobs available within the University. The Temp Bank is a great way of making extra money and has been designed to accommodate student timetables. For further details, visit tempbank Our student careers service, Career Destinations, also has an online job shop. For more information, visit: Please note: international students are allowed to work subject to the regulations attached to their student visa. Currently, in 2012/13, these allow up to 20 hours per week during term-time.

For more information, visit:



Students at Ocean Village

Southampton and region Southampton is one of southern England’s top leisure and cultural destinations, offering a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment – from bars and nightclubs to restaurants, cafés, cinemas, arts and sporting venues. A warm welcome We are in an outstanding location on England’s south coast in the heart of Hampshire, just over an hour from central London and Heathrow Airport and within easy reach of open countryside. The vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Southampton provides a warm welcome to the 22,000 students who choose to make their home here, with 3,250 EU and international students from 130 countries joining this diverse and friendly environment. Outstanding location One of the greenest cities in southern England, our students love the many parks and green spaces around the University, including the huge Southampton Common, located right alongside three of our campuses. Our coastal location provides countless opportunities for sport and leisure. The marinas, waterfront bars and restaurants at Ocean Village are great for a night out or a lazy Sunday. The city also hosts the largest on-water boat show in Europe – the annual Southampton Boat Show. When you want a break from city life, you can head for the New Forest National Park, which is less than half an hour away. Ponies, deer and cows roam free in open grassland and beautiful forests stretching for more than 35,000 hectares (145 square miles). You can walk, ride horses, paddle canoes, cycle cross-country or relax in a country pub. Alternatively, the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are just down the coast, with the famous Jurassic Coast of Dorset a little further on and the Isle of Wight only a short ferry ride away.

Sport & leisure In addition to our sporting activities, the city offers a range of options for sports enthusiasts. The waterfront provides plenty of opportunities for windsurfing, sailing, boating and diving, while The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex is the perfect place to take the plunge. There is also great live sporting action at Hampshire Cricket Club’s Ageas Bowl, and at the superb St Mary’s Stadium, home to Premiership football club Southampton FC. Excellent retail facilities Southampton is a haven for retail therapy. WestQuay, one of the UK’s top 10 shopping centres, boasts all your high-street favourites in a single location. The city centre is bursting with quirky boutiques and an impressive number of designer stores – as well as plenty of choice if your budget is on the tight side. Great social life Whether you’re into the club scene or you just want to unwind with real ale or good food, there’s something for everyone in Southampton. It’s a student-friendly city and every evening students fill the pubs and clubs – many of which offer good-value student nights. Clubs in Southampton offer a mix of music nights, but if you just want to unwind, head to Oxford Street in the city centre, which has a wide variety of restaurants, as well as cosy cafés and lounge bars. Leisureworld is an entertainment complex that features a 13-screen cinema, two nightclubs, a casino, bowling alley, bars and restaurants. For art-house films you can visit Harbour Lights, located on the waterfront.

Southampton hosts a number of festivals, including the Kite Festival and Art Asia Mela Festival. The Isle of Wight Festival is also within easy reach.


Accommodation The University offers more than 5000 places in 20 halls of residence. Every student is guaranteed accommodation in a hall of residence in their first year, please see the accommodation webpage to check the criteria that must be met. We offer many different types of accommodation, providing both catering and self-catering facilities. The halls vary in age, character, size and the facilities they offer, which can include a shop, bar, sports facilities, a library and music/computer rooms. The main campus is within easy reach on foot or via our uni-link bus service. If you prefer to rent your own accommodation locally, the Accommodation Office can help you to find suitable private rented accommodation in the Southampton area. For further details, see:


Outreach and Public Engagement Physics and Astronomy has a wide-ranging programme of community outreach activities to bring physics and astronomy to a wider audience and to engage the public with our research. These outreach activities include our travelling laser light show – the Light Express Roadshow and the Soton Astrodome, our mobile planetarium, which perform to up to 10,000 pupils and members of the public annually. We provide local schools with hands-on educational activities, such as making holograms and cloud chambers, and we organise tours around the labs. Staff and students get involved in a range of other activities, from talks on relativity through to an annual Particle Physics Masterclass.

Students are encouraged to participate in these activities, which provide excellent employment experience and training for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. We also have an Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Module which places students in local schools to support Physics teaching. The department is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). We offer joint Outreach activities to schools and colleges throughout the region with our partner Universities.


How to find us By road to Southampton M3 – exit the M3 at junction 14, following signs for Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Basset Avenue and follow the map/signs to University campuses. The M27 (West or East) – leave the M27 at junction 5 (Southampton airport) and follow the map/signs to University campuses. By rail Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Winchester, Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central. Slow trains from London and Bournemouth/ Weymouth also stop at Swaythling station (five minutes’ walk from Connaught, South Stoneham and Montefiore halls of residence).Uni-link buses can then be taken from these stations to the main campus interchange. By coach Southampton coach station is at Western Esplanade in the city centre. Uni-link buses connect the University’s Southampton campuses and the city centre. By air Southampton International Airport is a short journey from the Southampton campuses by bus or taxi. The airport runs domestic flights in and around the UK and flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands. London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports are only a couple of hours’ travel time away.


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Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Prospectus  

The University of Southampton's Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Prospectus 2014

Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Prospectus  

The University of Southampton's Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Prospectus 2014