Physics with Astrophysics with a Year Abroad (4 years) at University of Kent - UCAS

University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Physics with Astrophysics with a Year Abroad (4 years)

Course summary

Physics reaches from the quark out to the largest of galaxies, and encompasses all the matter and timescales within these extremes, while Astrophysics emphasises the underlying physical concepts of the stars and galaxies, which make up the Universe. This course provides an understanding of the physical nature of bodies and processes in space, and the instruments and techniques used in modern astronomical research. Our four-year MPhys with a Year Abroad course gives you the opportunity to work with an academic in one of our research groups and carry out an in-depth project connected with our research. 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. Year Abroad Studying for a Year Abroad provides a wealth of personal and professional benefits, including establishing international contacts and enhancing your employability. You will study at one of our partner universities around the world, experience a different culture, enhance your employability and grow in self-confidence. This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Reasons to study Physics with Astrophysics at Kent

  • Excellent teaching and research facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories, photonics centre and Beacon Observatory.
  • 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.
  • 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/defence industries and software and engineering companies.
  • A dedicated foundation year makes our course accessible to those without a science background.


Year 1 Compulsory modules currently include: Introduction to Astronomy and Light  Mathematics I  Mathematics II  Mechanics and Relativity   Waves and Fields   Thermodynamics and Matter  Laboratory and Computing Skills for Physicists  Year 2 Compulsory modules currently include: Mathematical Techniques for Physical Sciences  Physics Group Laboratory Project  Quantum and Atomic Physics  Electromagnetism and Relativity  Machine Learning for Natural Sciences  Observational Astronomy and Exoplanets  Year Abroad Year 3 Compulsory modules currently include: Modern Optics and Photonics  Thermal and Statistical Physics  Stars, Galaxies and the Universe  Problem Solving in Physics  Solid State Physics  Astrophysics Data Analysis and Investigation  Year 4 Compulsory modules currently include: MPhys Research Project  Star Formation and Galactic Structure  Optional modules may include: Space Exploration: the 21st Century Space Industry Quantum Materials Biomedical Optics Analytical Mechanics Artificial Intelligence for Natural Sciences

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)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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

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Fees and funding

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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
Physics with Astrophysics with a Year Abroad (4 years) at University of Kent - UCAS