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Galaxies, stars, nebulae, black holes, quasars, pulsars, novas, supernovas. Astrophysics deals with physics on a big scale. In this degree, you’ll cover a range of astrophysics subjects, alongside the fundamentals of physics and maths. We run the longest-established Physics with Astrophysics degree in the UK, on which you will be able to explore topics ranging from the lives and deaths of stars to the formation of galaxies, and from the search for exoplanets to the discovery of black holes. All our Physics students study the same core of fundamental physics and maths, based on Institute of Physics (IOP) 'core of physics' material. This includes classical mechanics, waves and fields, electromagnetism, special relativity, thermodynamics, quantum and atomic physics. By choosing the Physics with Astrophysics degree you will study these alongside specialist astrophysics options and take part in research projects covering the major areas of astrophysics research, working with the members of the School's two astrophysics research groups. What's the difference? Our three-year BSc degrees provide an excellent route to a very wide range of careers in industry and business. Our four-year MPhys degrees are aimed at students considering a career or further training in scientific research. Transfer between BSc and MPhys degrees is possible during your first and second years (subject to meeting the required end-of-year mark). It is also possible to transfer between different Physics degrees as long as you have taken the required number of options. Staff in the School will be available to offer help and advice.
All modules all listed on our website.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, lab sessions, seminars, workshop classes and project work. Training in scientific computation and programming is built into each degree. Assessment includes exams and course work (such as workshop and seminar problem classes). Lab work is primarily assessed in real time and project work is assessed through written reports and oral presentations.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|A level||ABB||including Mathematics and Physics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||in relevant subject, plus obtain grade B in Mathematics at A-Level.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Diploma in relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 30 credits in Physics and Maths at Distinction. Plus grade B at A-Level in Mathematics.|
|Scottish Higher||AABBBB||Grade A required in Mathematics and Physics.|
|AS||2 AS Levels accepted in place of 1 A-Level, must be alongside Mathematics and Physics A-Level.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Must be in relevant subject, accepted when combined with A-Level Mathematics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Accepted when combined with Mathematics and Physics A-Level's.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB||including Mathematics and Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||To include: 5 in HL Maths and 5 in HL Physics OR 6 in HL Maths and 6 in SL Physics. OR 6 in HL Physics and 6 in SL Maths Maths Studies not accepted in place of Maths.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||ABB from two A-levels including Mathematics and Physics and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Skills Challenge.|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H3||including H2 in Mathematics or Physics.|
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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