University of Kent

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics (MPhys 4 years) University of Kent Degree level: Undergraduate

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This course will give you the skills to acquire, understand and interpret observations of the Universe as well as gain an awareness of the physical nature of bodies and processes in space, within the solar system, through our own galaxy and out across the Universe. Astronomy, space science and astrophysics allow us to see the Universe and our place in it. The subjects continually evolve and change every year based on discoveries by researchers around the world. We aim to equip you with the skills to understand these phenomena and to qualify you for a range of career pathways.

On this programme, you get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA, and can work on Hubble Telescope data and images from giant telescopes or work with our own Beacon Observatory. The programme includes specialised modules such as spacecraft design and operations, data analysis in astronomy and planetary science and "the Sun, the Earth and Mars". The foundations of the course include getting to grips with the broad knowledge base on which physical science is built, including electricity, light and mechanics. While at Kent you’ll have access to our fantastic facilities including optical spectrum analysers, two-stage light gas gun for impact studies and on-campus Beacon Observatory.

The School has a specialist employer engagement officer and through our membership of the South East Physics Network (SEPNet) we can help you with valuable internship and training opportunities. In previous years our students have trained at the European Space Agency and worked in engineering and research companies on summer placements.

This four-year MPhys programme brings your core knowledge and skills up to an advanced level and gives you the opportunity to work as part of a research group conducting cutting-edge research. You work with an academic supervisor as part of their research team gaining invaluable practical experience as well as an understanding of the challenges and rewards of extending knowledge in your field.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP).

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F592
Institution code K24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level ABB including A level Mathematics at B and A-level Physics at B (but not Use of Mathematics)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) The University will consider applicants holding/studying BTEC Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) in a relevant Science or Engineering subject at 180 credits or more, on a case by case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
Access to HE Diploma The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
Scottish Higher Scottish Highers qualifications are considered on an individual basis
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants should have grade C or 4 in Maths GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points or 15 points at Higher Level including HL Physics at 5 or SL Physics at 6
and either
HL Maths/Maths Methods at 5 or SL Maths/Maths Methods at 6
(Note Maths Studies is not acceptable)


English language requirements

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

Please visit our website for further information:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/how-to-apply/english-language-requirements.html


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please see the programme page at www.kent.ac.uk for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK and EU fee quoted may increase in line with inflation to £9250 plus forecast inflation, currently 2.9%. Full-time fees for 2020/21 for international students are £19,800 for laboratory programmes and £16,200 for non-laboratory programmes.

Provider information

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University of Kent
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Canterbury
CT2 7NZ


Course contact details

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01227 768896

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