Astrophysics is the study of the physical processes that shape the structure and evolution of the universe. It seeks to provide answers to fundamental questions about the origin and life cycles of stars, planets and galaxies as well as the universe itself. Our broad and vibrant research programme feeds into the curriculum you study as an undergraduate. Direct involvement in these fascinating areas is possible in a substantial final year project. This degree provides you with a highly regarded professional qualification that is particularly appropriate for graduates wishing to embark on PhD research. It also provides an excellent basis for employment in a wide field of disciplines including the financial sector and high technology areas where expertise in the analysis, interpretation and modelling of data is important. You will make extensive use of our superbly equipped observatory - one of the best astronomical teaching observatories in the country. You also take modules in thermal physics, nuclear physics and mathematics, which will deepen your understanding of objects in the universe and how they behave. There is strong emphasis on the techniques and instrumentation used in academic institutions and observatories and in industry. This means that your broad theoretical and observational knowledge is backed by the personal and professional skills essential to your future career.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
2023 entry requirements are under review and will be updated by August. The requirements listed above are for 2022 entry.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||IELTS of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band or equivalent|
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Fees and funding
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Additional fee information
You could be eligible for a £2,000 scholarship if you achieve a tariff of 120 UCAS points (in one sitting) and are a full-time home student starting your course in September 2022. View the full eligibility criteria and further details here: https://www.herts.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support/scholarships-grants-bursaries
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