48 months
22760 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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This Physics with Industrial Placement MPhys course offered by the University of Southampton provides a unique opportunity to study physics with a 6-month, paid industry placement in your fourth year. You can immediately apply your knowledge to a commercial development project through an internship, while gaining experience that will make you stand out to employers.


Course Details

This Physics with Industrial Placement MPhys course offered by the University of Southampton is offered to all students on our Master of Physics degree at the end of year 2.

We regularly place students with companies such as global radiation detection company Symetrica, fibre laser specialists NKT Photonics, and electronics and engineering consultancy Roke Manor Research Ltd.

Unlike the sandwich-year placements offered by many other universities, this industrial placement won’t add an extra year to your studies.

That means you’ll be able to enter the job market after 4 years with real-world professional skills and a commercial awareness that will impress employers.

Many students are employed by their placement company when they graduate.

Year 1 overview

Core modules will give you a grounding in the key principles of physics and experimentation.

These include topics like:

  • physics skills
  • mathematics
  • waves and light
  • energy and matter
  • motion and relativity
  • electricity and magnetism

You can also choose from optional modules covering topics like as space science, photonics and linear algebra.

Year 2 overview

Core modules include:

  • electromagnetism
  • quantum physics
  • mechanics
  • wave physics

You can choose from a range of optional modules such as:

  • mathematical models
  • photonics
  • medical physics
  • galaxies
  • energy in the environment

Year 3 overview

Core modules in year 3 cover everything from particle physics to theories of matter, space and time and atomic physics.

You’ll also do an individual dissertation and follow your interests by choosing from a wide range of advanced optional modules.

Year 4 overview

In the fourth year you’ll have the opportunity to spend about 6 months on an original research and development project in an industrial laboratory.

Projects are intended to cover a broad area. They could range from practical work in photonics or materials to computational and theoretical work underpinning industrial problems related to physics or astronomy.

You will return to the university in the second semester and finish your studies.

Career Opportunities

Types of roles include:

  • astrophysicist
  • air traffic controller
  • bioinformatics specialist
  • data analyst
  • government science policy officer
  • medical physicist
  • satellite engineer
  • systems analyst

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Waves, Light and Quanta
  • Energy and Matter
  • Motion and Relativity
  • Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

One of the following:

  • A-levels: AAA-AAB including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical or AABC including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass, with 36-34 points overall, with 18-17 points required at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation) and 6 at Higher Level in physics
  • BTEC: D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AA in A-level mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22760 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22760 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

EU and international students pay £22,760.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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