University of Southampton
Physics with Photonics MPhys
University of Southampton

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Economics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Economics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £31500 £33000 £47500
25-75 percentile range £28000 - £37000 £27500 - £42000 £34000 - £60000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Economics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30101 £31974 £42762
25-75 percentile range £25019 - £35263 £24892 - £42048 £30343 - £57314

Course Description

Discover photonics – the science of light – and apply your physics knowledge to the next generation of technologies. From the optical fibres that underpin today’s global internet to new medical treatments, photonics has transformed our lives. With the application of optical techniques set to increase and a shortage of qualified people to employ, photonics is a great field to study.

You’ll be taught by staff at the top of their field – some of whom are based in our Optoelectronics Research Centre, one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research. At Southampton we have a long heritage of discovery and a concentration of expertise in photonics. You’ll also benefit from extensive, state-of-the-art laser laboratories, and learn how to use industry-standard equipment to make optical measurements.

When you graduate you’ll be in a great position to take an industry research and development role, where your knowledge of lasers, optical components and nanofabrication techniques will be in great demand. You’ll also be well equipped for further research at PhD level. Many of our Physics with Photonics students continue their studies within Southampton’s prestigious Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) before going on to successful industry careers.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physics with Photonics MPhys at University of Southampton

33% Elementary occupations
19% Process, plant and machine operatives
18% Natural and social science professionals
8% Information Technology Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
3% Business and public service associate professionals
3% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
2% Managers, directors and senior officials
2% Engineering professionals
2% Administrative occupations

For MPhys programmes, assessment in the first and second year is a mixture of unseen written examinations, marked problem-based coursework and laboratory work. In the third year assessment is mainly by examination, although laboratory-based, computer-based and dissertation modules will use different assessment methods, as appropriate. In the fourth year of the MPhys programmes, laboratory work is replaced by a project which involves continuous assessment, written reports and an oral examination.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Economics

Qualification requirements

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6.5

with no component below 6.0

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country:

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Physics with Photonics, MPhys, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Physics with Photonics MPhys

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £27400 year 1
International £27400 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

Please see our website for further details and updates :

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Southampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Southampton in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #18 
    • #24 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #76 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #105 
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

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About University of Southampton

The University of Southampton, often abbreviated to Soton, is a research university located in Southampton, England. Although the university was founded in 1862, it has only enjoyed full university status from 1952 onwards. The university has five campuses in total, with the main one based in the Highfield area of Southampton.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Highfield Campus
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