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Master of Physics - MPhys years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physics
Student score
88% MED
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAA, to include Mathematics and Physics. EPQ Offer: AAB, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics at grade A, and grade A or A* in the EPQ A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking, and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

Scottish Highers

AAAAA, including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher Level.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 34, with 18 points required at Higher Level: including 6 points from Mathematics and 6 points from Physics. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering Admissions Office at fpse-ugapply@soton.ac.uk for more information.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our distinctive MPhys Physics is designed for students who intend to become professional physicists. The programme includes three variants: MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad, MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research and MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement. All programmes build on the BSc Physics, giving you a more advanced understanding of physics and allowing for extra specialisation. Our MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad flagship programme provides a unique opportunity to relocate to CERN in Switzerland to work alongside physicists probing the fundamental structure of the Universe. MPhys Physics with a Year of Experimental Research students spend their final year immersed in a research environment in our world-class laboratories. The MPhys Physics with Industrial Placement programme gives students the opportunity spend six months working on an original research project in an industrial laboratory. The University of Southampton is one of the best places in the UK to study physics. Physics and astronomy at Southampton is ranked fourth in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017), and we’re first within the Russell Group for student satisfaction (NSS 2017). Our MPhys Physics is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Plus, you’ll have access to exceptional research-grade facilities, including specialist photonics labs and rooftop observatories. Our degrees open the door to a range of careers, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from actuaries and statisticians to crime analysts, scientific journalists and medical researchers. Many students go on to further study.


Students undertake four years of study. Core modules include the study of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity, the quantum world of atomic, nuclear and particle physics, quantum physics of materials, wave physics and light as an electromagnetic. Around a quarter of your study will involve modules chosen from a range of options, enabling you to tailor the degree to your interests and career aspirations. MPhys students can study our MPhys ‘with degree’ modules. In your third and fourth year we offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas relevant to your course and key areas that will be critical in the future within the overall context of Physics and Astronomy. We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching, right from the first lecture. Our flexible learning programme also allows you to personalise your learning by choosing interdisciplinary modules or modules from other programmes such as modern languages, law and management. For further details on optional modules available: http://www.phys.soton.ac.uk/programmes/f303-mphys-physics-4-yrs#modules

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 99%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
406 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.
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