Liverpool John Moores University

Astrophysics Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University


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This degree course in Astrophysics is delivered by world-leading academics with access to specialist facilities at both LJMU and the University of Liverpool.

If you are excited by the thought of studying one of the most challenging and fundamental of sciences in one of the best physics departments in the UK, the MPhys Astrophysics degree provides an excellent grounding for a career as a research physicist or astronomer.

You will be taught by world-leading academics and benefit from specialist facilities at both universities, including a purpose-built astrophysics teaching laboratory. You will also have access to a number of observatories so you can perfect your skills in astronomical measurement and experience using state-of-the-art detector technology. In the second year you can spend a week at the Tedie Observatory on Tenerife or alternatively undertake a week-long project at the Astrophysics Research Institute.

In your final year you have access to the largest robotically controlled telescope in the world – LJMU's own two-metre aperture Liverpool Telescope, which is sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands. You will also have the chance to use our own city-centre observatory equipped with a 12-inch computer-controlled telescope.

In Level 4, you will cover core physical and mathematical techniques and the main strands of physics but there is the flexibility to specialise as the course progresses. If, at the end of Level 4, you decide that astrophysics isn't for you, you have the option to transfer to another of our physics programmes.

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Newtonian Dynamics
•Material Universe
•Computer skills
•Practical Physics
•Wave Phenomena
•Modern Physics
•Introduction to Astronomy

Level 5

•Condensed Matter
•Computing Skills
•Practical Astrophysics
•Quantum and Atomic Physics
•Nuclear and Particle Physics

Level 6

•Stellar Astrophysics
•Quantum Mechanics
•Nuclear Physics
•Advanced Observational Astrophysics
•Relativity and Cosmology
•Particle Physics
•Accelerators and Radioisotopes in Medicine
•Condensed Matter Physics
•Advanced Electromagnetism
•Surface Physics
•Physics of Life
•Materials Physics
•Physics of Energy Sources
•Semiconductor Applications
•Practical Astronomy
•Stellar Dynamics
•Physics of the Radiative Universe

Level 7

•The Interstellar Medium
•Communication of Astrophysical Ideas I
•Research Project
•Computational Astrophysics
•Condensed Matter Physics
•Materials Physics
•Semiconductor Applications
•Statistical and Low Temperature Physics
•Advanced Quantum Physics
•Accelerator Physics
•Advanced Stellar Physics
•Stellar Dynamics
•Physics of the Radiative Universe
•Magnetic Structure and Function
•Nanoscale Physics
•Advanced Electromagnetism
•Surface Physics
•Physics of Life
•Radiation Therapy Applications
•Physics of Energy Sources
•Advanced Nuclear Physics
•Advanced Particle Physics
•Chaos Theory

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and project work.

Most modules are assessed by a two or three hour exam in January or May in addition to coursework assessments which might be homework, class tests, mini-project work or key skills exercises. Practical modules are assessed entirely by coursework. If you undertake a major project, it will be assessed by two independent examiners and you will be expected to give a presentation to fellow students and staff assessors. The final degree result is based on the last three years of this four-year programme.

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 F521
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 136 points As this is a collaborative programme with the University of Liverpool you can find the latest entry requirements for this course at:
A level AAB Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
Subject specific requirements: Mathematics and Physics
Average A Level offer: AAB
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
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L1 2UA

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0151 231 2777