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From quantum theory to quasars. Physics and Astronomy prospectus 2013

The University of Southampton is one of the top 20 research universities in the UK, with high calibre teaching staff and first-rate facilities. In 2011/12 our students voted us one of the top 7 UK Universities for the student experience. Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is one of just five in the UK awarded the highest 5* grade in each of the last two Research Assessment Exercises. With 22,000 students and 5000 staff, Southampton is a great place to study, with six campuses, 20 halls of residence, excellent social and leisure amenities and high quality accommodation – all located in a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.


Main Highfield campus

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. We are very proud of our academic record and we are consistently ranked amongst the top Physics and Astronomy departments in the UK. I’m really excited about the energy of our students – Physoc won a Gold Award from the Institute of Physics recently for being the best UK Physics society. This prospectus contains full details about the courses on offer and other useful information about student life in Southampton. I hope that you will choose to join us for your degree studies. Professor Peter de Groot | Head of Physics and Astronomy


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. Three members of the School are Fellows of the Royal Society, which is Britain’s top accolade for scientific achievement, and several others have won major academic awards.


5* research assessment rating top six earning University for EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) grants rated ‘excellent’ in the teaching quality assessment all courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics ranked second for teaching quality - The Guardian 2009 ranked top 2 in the Russell Group of elite Universities for course satisfaction in Physical Science in the 2010 National Student Survey


Joe Sargent works for Merck Chemicals as a research physicist, developing the newest generation of Liquid Crystal materials.

Start Your Career in Physics 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 mathematical 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. Physics and Astronomy are working hard to aid 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 advice on 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 put on by the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) including meet the employers days and speakers from Industry. SEPnet ( have a dedicated Physics career advisor who our students can liase with. A key part of her job is to find paid Internships for our students for 8 weeks in the summer vacation. Last year 11 Southampton students took on such placements and our careers program is supported by many companies including: −− National Physical Laboratory −− BMW −− The Meteorlogical Office −− Oxford Instruments −− Sellex Galileo −− Qinetic −− Culham Fusion centre As well as employing our students these companies offer advice on making our students competitive in the work place. We’re very proud of our students’ record in finding employment and in 2010 the Times scored us as one of the top 10 ranking UK Physics departments (81% score).

Graduate Careers Profiles Daniel Sandford

Stacie Powell

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?”. I studied Physics because I enjoyed the intellectual challenge it presented. Universitylevel Physics can at times seem impossibly difficult. But the degree course taught me not to be afraid of hard problems, to take an issue back to basics, and work it through. I spent my spare time in the theatre, rather too much time for my tutor’s liking. Scientists are a rarity in the world of news and being someone who actually understands mathematics, science and statistics is a great asset. In my third year at Southampton I realised I did not want to do science as a career. I dabbled with the idea of the Foreign Office. Then I saw a job advert for someone with a “technical degree but a creative flair.” It was for the computer graphics department at ITN, the news provider for ITV. After three years I moved into journalism. After travelling the world with ITN I moved to the BBC. My current job is Moscow Correspondent, and sure enough my Physics degree was very helpful when reporting from Chernobyl earlier this year.

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 Ph.D 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.


Academic Excellence At Southampton, we strongly believe that top quality teaching in physics can only be provided by world-class research experts. Our staff have the enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire the excellent students we teach. Our research, which covers a wide range of physics activity, was recognised for its outstanding international quality in the most recent Research Assessment.

Astronomy The Southampton Astronomy Group has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of accretion onto, and emission from, black holes. This includes black holes of all sizes (galactic and extragalactic) and research focuses on how these compact objects interact with their environments. Most compact objects are characterised by the emission of high energy photons and hence X-ray and gamma-ray observations are central to much of the work. The group is interested in the comparison between galactic and extragalactic black hole systems and exploring how emission properties scale with mass. Research also focuses on both disc and jet emission and the relationship between these two components. The group also led the space science design of the Integral satellite mission. The Space Environment group studies the Earth’s upper atmosphere and its interactions with the sun – this is crucial research for understanding global warming. Quantum, Light and Matter The Quantum, Light and Matter Group’s research covers the study and design of novel materials. In combination with the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southampton, the department is the leading UK academic institution for the study of lasers and photonics. The Quantum Optoelectronics Group studies how to modify light’s interactions with materials while our Quantum Control Group manipulates atoms with light. Meanwhile, the Spintronics Group optically orients electron and nuclei spins to design new storage media.


The Magnetism and Superconductivity Group studies the way in which magnetic and superconducting properties are modified by the structuring and patterning of thin films on length scales down to a few nanometres. The spin dynamics of magnetic materials are studied using neutron scattering and muon spin relaxation techniques. The recently formed Nanotechnology Group is rapidly growing and has key interests in liquid crystals and molecular electronics. Theoretical high energy physics Particle physicists study the most elementary constituents of matter, the basic forces of nature and the role of particles in the early Universe. These scientists perform experiments from huge particle accelerators (such as the Large Hadron Collider) through to deep underground laboratories, orbiting satellites and also particle simulations using the most powerful computers. The next generation of research is poised to unlock some of the deepest questions, such as: what is the origin of mass, can all forces of nature be unified, and how did the Universe begin? Academic staff in the Theoretical Physics Group have key expertise in the study of the strong and weak nuclear forces, matter anti-matter asymmetry and string theory. We also have close links with the experimental particle physicists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory through the NExT Institute. Close collaboration 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 student friendly 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. 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 −− controlling chaos

of our staff helps to strengthen our world-class research profile. 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 on upgrading the undergraduate laboratories. Our research groups continue to attract significant grant funds, including the Nanotechnology Group, which has won two grants from EPSRC worth over £10 million and the Particle Theory group which has won £2.4 million. The new NanoMaterials Rapid Prototyping Facility is also used extensively by undergraduate students as part of their project work.

−− strings in exotic space-times. Investing in excellence 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

Optical fibres


Key facts high quality teaching with academic staff at the forefront of their field 81% of our MPhys graduates in the last three years achieved a First or Upper second degree average student rating of our lectures: 81%.

Astronomy field trip to Tenerife

High quality teaching and support Here at the University of Southampton, our degree programmes are of the highest possible quality, which ensures that students grow in knowledge and confidence as they progress through to graduation. Our curriculum design and level of student achievement were singled out for praise in the most recent National Review of Teaching Quality. Staff members are enthusiastic about their subjects and put great effort into making lectures interesting and accessible to ensure that students reach their full potential. Our success rate is impressive, and a high proportion of students gain excellent degree classifications. This opens the door to a wide range of careers and also provides an opportunity for higher 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.


Practical work Experimental work allows students to apply their knowledge. This work takes place in our modern laboratories – students have access to the latest apparatus and a wide range of computercontrolled equipment. In the laboratory, academic and research staff are on hand to advise and offer help to students. The Institute of Physics recently praised the high level of organisation and facilities in our undergraduate labs. 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.

World-class facilities The University has outstanding, world-class library facilities. The largest library, the Hartley Library, has recently completed a £10 million extension and refurbishment programme.


Facilities and resources Physics and Astronomy features excellent research facilities and resources, including: −− two roof-top observatories equipped with high quality telescopes and CCD detectors −− computer suites with free access to the internet and email


−− state-of-the-art lecture theatres equipped with data projectors −− newly refurbished, purpose-built laboratories with the latest computer-controlled equipment −− a specialist photonics laboratory with researchgrade laser equipment −− a dedicated physics reading room/library for independent study.



1. Studying in the Hartley Library 2. Student in the clean room 3. The roof-top observatories 4. Students at work in the undergraduate laboratories


Degree choices Honours Physics Degrees All degree programmes are based on a core of essential fundamental physics courses, supplemented by a range of optional courses. Our Single Honours BSc (three-year) and MPhys (four-year) degrees give the greatest flexibility in choosing your optional courses. 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. Full details of these options are provided in this section. There is considerable flexibility to move from single honours to combined honours and vice versa, especially in the first year of your degree.

Key skills A degree in physics is not just about learning facts – physicists are skilled at studying new systems and understanding how to explore 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, 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.

BSc or MPhys

In the second, third and fourth years of our degree programmes, we add career skills such as computing, scientific presentation and scientific writing.

Our three year BSc course provides a rigorous education in modern physics.

Core physics courses

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 courses you can choose two options a year including the option courses on our specialist MPhys degree programmes.


year BSc degree, you can do so at any time up to the end of the second year. The transfer from the threeyear to a four-year degree must be completed by the end of the second year.

If you subsequently wish to transfer to the three-

Core physics courses comprise 75 per cent of all degree programmes. The core material encompasses many exciting topics in modern physics and includes: −− planetary dynamics −− relativity −− light as an electro-magnetic wave −− quantum mechanics −− quantum theories of matter and atoms −− nuclear and particle physics.

Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds

Physics with Astronomy MPhys

Physics with Nanotechnology 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 for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory and in your final year you may undertake a sixmonth project from the University Observatory.

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience involve the study of matter and machines down to scales of a billionth of a metre. They are highly interdisciplinary 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.

Physics with Space Science MPhys

Physics with Photonics MPhys

In addition to core physics courses, 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.

The extraordinary growth in telecommunications over the past 10 years 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 even now there is evidence of an emerging photonics industry. This degree is taught by staff from the School in collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre and forms an excellent foundation for a career in photonics.

In the second year our top students have the opportunity to visit La Laguna University in Tenerife for a design study of a scientific spacecraft. 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.

Much of your project work will be based in our new NanoFabrication Centre.

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. It is also suitable for mature students returning to study who may not have the appropriate background for direct entry to a Physics degree course. The first year of the course consists primarily of basic physics and mathematics, with much of the teaching taking place in small groups. The remaining three or four years are based around the same structure as the BSc or MPhys degrees.


Undergraduate Physics Student

Sarah Clark 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 Describe a typical day. 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 it 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.

Southampton’s world class laboratories

Flagship Programmes

Research Study Abroad and Industrial Placements 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 – typically they move into the programme in the second year. Their courses are then carefully coordinated to fast track 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. Physics with Astronomy (with a year abroad) Our Astronomy students are relocated to Boston in the United States to work at the world renowned Harvard Smithsonian centre for astrophysics. An example of a recent project is “Model-Independent Mass Determinations of Galaxy Clusters”.

Particle Physics (with a year abroad) Our particle physics students relocate to Geneva, Switzerland to work on the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s highest energy atom smashing machine which is just coming on line this year. A recent example project was “Cosmic Running and Electron Photon Selection in the ATLAS High Level Trigger”. 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 our areas of expertise 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”. MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement For students interested in making strong links with Industry we have created a new degree programme this year. Our top students will enter the programme at the end of year 2 from our MPhys courses. 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 the first semester of year four.


Selection process 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.

Degree course options

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.

BSc (three-year course)



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.

Physics with Astronomy


Physics with Astronomy (with a year abroad)


Physics with Mathematics


Physics with Nanotechnology


International students

Physics with Photonics


Physics is an international discipline and we strongly welcome applications from international students.

Physics with Space Science


Particle Physics (with a year abroad)


In addition to our full degree programmes, we offer a one-year Diploma in Higher Education. This is designed for students wishing to take a year out to study in the UK as part of their degree programme abroad. As part of the Diploma, students can choose to study any eight of the course units on offer. We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry on our degree programmes. More information can be found on the International Admissions pages of our website. Alternatively, please contact the Admissions Team at:’

Physics with a Year of Experimental Research


Physics with Industrial Placement


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. International scholarships These provide overseas students with £1000 each year for every grade A achieved in A Level examinations (up to a maximum of £3000 per year). Students holding qualifications


which are equivalent to A 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:



MPhys (four-year course)

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.

Solar telescope

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



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 Located on England’s south coast in the heart of Hampshire, we are situated in an outstanding location, just over an hour from central London and Heathrow Airport, and within easy reach of open countryside. This vibrant, cosmopolitan city 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 and waterfront bars and restaurants 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, and the Isle of Wight is only a ferry ride away. 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.

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 Eddie Read Swimming and Diving Complex is the perfect place to take the plunge. There is also great live sporting action at Hampshire Cricket Club’s Rose Bowl, and at the superb St Mary’s Stadium, home to Premier League football club Southampton FC. Shopaholics 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. A great night out 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 goodvalue 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 arthouse films you can visit Harbour Lights, located on the waterfront.

The University of Southampton was voted amongst the top 7 UK Universities for the student experience in 2011/12 (THES survey)


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.

In Southampton, all halls are within a close distance of the main campus either 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:

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.

We actively supports Theano – a society promoting women and women’s issues in Science on campus.

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.

Outreach and teaching Physics and Astronomy has a wide-ranging programme of community outreach activities to bring physics and astronomy to a wider audience. These include the Department’s travelling Laser Light Show – The Light Express Roadshow – which performs to more than 2000 pupils every year. We provide local schools with hands-on educational activities, such as making holograms and dry-ice comets,and we also organise tours around the labs. Staff and students also get involved in a range of


other activities, from talks on relativity through to an annual Particle Physics Masterclass. Students are encouraged to get involved in these activities, which provide excellent training for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. We currently have 10 undergraduates who are helping teachers in local schools as part of the Student Ambassador and Student Associate schemes.

See for yourself. University open days General Visits If you would like to visit the University before applying, we organise open days every year in July and September. These events provide an opportunity to find out more about the University and to meet staff and students. For booking details go to: Physics and Astronomy Visit Days We hold visit days from November through to February for students who have applied for a place on one of our programmes. These events give you the chance to learn more about us and the learning environment at Southampton. The schedule includes illustrated lectures and demonstrations, an opportunity to meet academic staff and students, and a tour of a nearby hall of residence.

“The staff and undergraduates were very helpful and welcoming, and I really loved the friendly atmosphere in the department.�


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). 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.


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