Integrated Master's Degree in Physics with Space Science

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Integrated Master's Degree in Physics with Space Science

Fuel your fascination for space and the technologies used to investigate it. On this MPhys Physics with Space Science degree you’ll explore a wide range of subjects, from the essentials of astronomy through to satellite design and space weather. You’ll also benefit from the latest research.

With the global space market set to almost double by 2030, your skills will be in high demand. This degree will also prepare you for further study at PhD level.

You’ll examine phenomena that can only be monitored from space, such as geomagnetic storms and solar wind, and combine your physics knowledge with space engineering principles to learn about spacecraft design.

A Tenerife study trip is another high point. Working as part of an international and interdisciplinary team, you’ll design a space-based telescope and its instrumentation, and plan its launch.

Throughout your degree you’ll study the core physics subjects of the Masters degree course, but with an emphasis on space science.

Admission requirements


  • AAA-AAB including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical


  • 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


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AA in A-level mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Matter
  • Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science
  • Mathematical Methods For Physical Scientists 1b
  • Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists 1a
  • Motion and Relativity
  • Physics Skills - Programming and Data Analysis
  • Physics Skills 1
  • Physics Skills 2
  • Waves, Light and Quanta

Year 2

  • Astronautics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • European Dimension in Space
  • Physics from Evidence I
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Wave Physics

Year 3

  • Advanced Astronautics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Computer Techniques in Physics
  • Crystalline Solids
  • Dissertation
  • Nuclei and Particles
  • Physics from Evidence II
  • Space Plasma Physics
  • Theories of Matter, Space and Time

Year 4

  • MPhys Final Year Synoptic Examination
  • MPhys Project
  • Spacecraft Orbital Mechanics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • Advanced Quantum Physics
  • Applied Nuclear Physics
  • Coherent Light, Coherent Matter
  • Cosmology
  • Lasers
  • Nanoscience: technology and advanced materials
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics of the Early Universe

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and International students: £22,760 per year.


  • Final award: Master of Physics (MPhys)
  • Name of Award: Physics with Space Science
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 7

You’ll be able to demonstrate transferable skills such as

  • computation and coding
  • statistical analysis
  • Communication skills
  • project management skills.

Continuing studies

You could choose to go on to further study at PhD level - a path followed by around a third of our physics and astronomy graduates.

Career paths

Space science career jobs are in high demand. The global space economy is expanding, the government is planning to increase the UK’s share of the space market, and there’s a proliferation of new commercial space ventures.

You’ll be able to apply your knowledge in a growing number of fields, including space-based scientific research, telecommunications and satellite imaging.

A physics degree also opens up a huge range of other career options. Types of roles include:

  • astrophysicist
  • air traffic controller
  • science policy officer
  • medical physicist
  • satellite engineer
  • systems analyst

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