Photonics is a key area of technology and fundamental science, which is essential to quantum physics, astrophysics, the internet, medicine, manufacturing and many other industries. The application of optical techniques looks set to increase, and the emerging photonics industry has a shortage of qualified people to employ, making it a great field to study. The University of Southampton is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in photonics research. 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. You’ll also benefit from extensive, state-of-the-art laser laboratories, and learn how to use industry-standard equipment to make optical measurements. The University of Southampton is a great place to study physics; physics and astronomy at Southampton is ranked fourth in UK (Guardian University Guide 2017), and we’re first within the Russell Group for student satisfaction (NSS 2017). Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles in the photonics industry and government laboratories, as well as in management finance and patent law.