Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics with a Foundation Year at University of Kent - UCAS

University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics with a Foundation Year

Course summary

Are you inspired by the wonders and vastness of the Universe? Do you want to investigate the possibilities of life elsewhere within it? Get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA, and work on Hubble Telescope data and images from giant telescopes, or work with our own Beacon Observatory. Access our first-class research laboratories, which are equipped for synthetic and analytical techniques ranging from soft organic polymers to nanoparticles, to highly sensitive organometallic species. Develop the transferable skills to open up a world of job opportunities, leading to careers in research, engineering, aerospace/defence, medical physics, teaching, finance and data analytics. This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Reasons to study Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics at Kent -Excellent teaching and research facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories, photonics centre and Beacon Observatory, which provides a fully automised system with both optical and radio telescope capability. -Our expert lecturers are both innovative teachers and active researchers working at the cutting-edge of research across a range of fields, from quantum materials to medical imaging. -Students meet regularly with their academic adviser to support their academic and career development. -Learn in a variety of settings, from lectures and interactive workshops to laboratory classes, computing sessions and team projects. -Flexible curriculum allows you to move between our courses in the earlier years, ensuring you are studying the best course for you. -Get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA, and work on Hubble Telescope data. -Join our student-run societies: PhySoc, SpaceSoc and Amateur Rocketry Society, who organise talks, practical demonstrations and social events. -Build the connections that matter thanks to our links with optical laboratories, local health authorities, aerospace/defense industries and software and engineering companies. -A dedicated foundation year makes our course accessible to those without a science background.


Foundation Year Compulsory modules currently include: Electromagnetics for Engineers Foundation Algebra and Functions Calculus Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry Physics Academic Advising and Skills Development Foundation Motion & Mechanics Waves & Vibrations Properties of Matter Introductory Physics Laboratory and Communication Skills Year 1 Compulsory modules currently include: Mathematics I Introduction to Optics, Astronomy and Relativity Mathematics II Laboratory and Programming Skills Mechanics Introduction to Waves, Fields and the Quantum World Year 2 Compulsory modules currently include: Mathematical Techniques for Physical Sciences Physics Group Laboratory Project Quantum and Atomic Physics Electromagnetism and Relativity Observational Astronomy and Exoplanets Spacecraft Design and Operations Year 3 Compulsory modules currently include: Modern Optics and Photonics Thermal and Statistical Physics Stars, Galaxies and the Universe The Solar System Solid State Physics Data Analysis and Investigation in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £22700 Year 1
International £22700 Year 1

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Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2024/25 for international students are £22,700 for laboratory programmes and £18,600 for non-laboratory programmes
Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics with a Foundation Year at University of Kent - UCAS