Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Astrophysics and Data Science

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Course summary

Discover more about our universe and explore how the analysis of big data representing natural phenomena can be effectively tackled. Our Astrophysics and Data Science BSc (Hons) will provide you with the advanced critical thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills to prepare you for the career of the future. Why choose this course?

  • Access to Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
  • In Data Science all necessary knowledge in mathematics, statistics and coding is provided
  • Personalise your degree with a variety of optional modules
  • Enhance your employability with the option of a work placement year in data science
In astrophysics you will 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? Data science aims to shape you into a graduate with sound mathematical fundamentals allied with comprehensive computational skills. Virtually every industry is looking to leverage the power of data to enhance the efficiency of their operations and drive innovation. This means graduates with data science skills are in extremely high demand. Astrophysics will give you the quantitative and analytic skills needed for analysing data and solving problems and is underpinned by a core physics curriculum as set out by the Institute of Physics. This includes the fundamentals of classical and quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, solid state, atomic and nuclear physics, together with the mathematics that is used to describe them. We have our own observatory here at Keele that students on this combined honours programme can get involved with on a volunteer basis with the potential to learn some astronomical techniques. Our innovative data science curriculum is informed by industry as well as research and assumes no prior knowledge of A-level Mathematics or Statistics. Rather we strive to arm all students with a carefully tailored package of mathematical skills. You will study a measured blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to ensure you graduate ready to apply your skills into the workplace or further study. 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

Modules

For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatecourses/datascienceandastrophysics/#entry-requirements


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
73%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Please note, our fees for 2023 entry will be available soon. Although we review our fees annually and these may change, our 2022 entry fees are available on our website: keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/tuitionfeesandfunding/undergraduatetuitionfees/
Astrophysics and Data Science at Keele University - UCAS