Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Astrophysics and Environmental Science

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Course summary

Explore the Universe we live in and discover the science behind the world's environmental crises and the system changes needed to solve these problems. This Astrophysics and Environmental Science BSc will provide you with opportunities to develop practical and transferrable skills enabling you to enter in to a range of careers. Why choose this course?

  • Top 20 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
  • Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
  • Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic natural environment to perform fieldwork
  • Enhance you employability by choosing to gain work experience in environmental science
  • Professional accreditation pathways are available
Astrophysics will encourage you to apply physics to understanding how the universe works and possibly explore questions like is there an Earth-like planet around another star? Is there a black hole at the centre of every galaxy? And why is the expansion of the Universe accelerating? Studying environmental science will enable you to integrate scientific knowledge, and an awareness of social, economic and ethical issues, to address the management of the environment and problems such as water pollution and water resource scarcity. The world is under huge environmental threat. From atmospheric pollution to climate change - we need to find solutions to counter the devastating impact humans are having on the planet. As you progress, you will build on your existing knowledge in familiar core areas of astrophysics including mechanics, special relativity, nature of matter and gravitation, electricity, oscillations and waves and focus on areas like the basics of stellar structure and stellar astrophysics. Later in your degree you will get the opportunity to study at a deeper level topics such as electromagnetism, cosmology, black holes and gravitational waves in different modules. Your studies in environmental science will culminate with the exploration of topics such as environmental monitoring, regulation and assessment regimes, the science of soil and an independent research project. To ensure you have the appropriate skills to succeed on this programme, we have embedded a 'core skills' module into your first year. To support your theoretical learning you will gain general study skills and subject-specific practical skills - including statistics and fieldwork in both laboratory and field-based environments. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.

Course details


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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

The University considers transfers in to year 2, please provide details of the course and module content from your current/past Higher Education provider. When completing your UCAS application please include in your personal statement reasons for seeking a transfer and please provide a reference from this Institution.

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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Astrophysics and Environmental Science at Keele University - UCAS