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Physics with Astronomy (with Professional Placement) Cardiff University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

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The MPhys Physics with Astronomy has an emphasis on astronomy and observational techniques and is ideal for those interested in fundamental questions about our Universe.

The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of physics and astronomy as well as gaining a wide range of mathematical and computational skills.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this five-year programme goes into greater depth than the BSc course, allowing you to further develop your sophisticated knowledge of the subject.

Studying alongside internationally respected physicists whose work is providing the basis for revolutionary innovations, you will be part of an exciting and friendly environment and have access to state-of-the-art apparatus, including lasers, X-ray sources and electronics.

This programme includes a professional placement year in industry, commerce, government or another relevant placement provider approved by the University which will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in the field.

The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors which require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:
•The opportunity to learn in a department which has a strong commitment to research and is home to one of the UK’s largest Astronomy research groups
•The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery
•A large research project in your final year
•Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work in the School’s laboratory facilities
•An emphasis on independent learning
•The opportunity to follow a professional placement year in industry

The course contains all the core content required for the degree to be 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 F5F3
Institution code C15
Campus name Main Site - Cardiff
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
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA - A*BB AAA-AAB for applicants taking A Level Maths and Physics. For applicants taking A Level Maths only (NO PHYSICS) A*AB - A*BB with A* in A Level Maths.
This offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking
A pass in the science practical is normally required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD plus grade A* in Maths A-Level (some BTEC subjects may also require Physics A-level) OR D plus grades AB in A-level Maths and Physics.
Science/Engineering-related acceptable if accompanied by Maths A-level.
ALL subject areas are acceptable if accompanied by Maths and Physics A-level.
Extended Project A For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English C/4 is required
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 34 points including 6 in HL Maths and Physics, or 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Maths and Physics. Applicants taking Higher Level Maths will be considered (without Higher Level Physics) with grade 7 in Higher Level Maths.
Scottish Advanced Higher This offer exludes general studies and critical thinking.
Further details please contact our Admissions team
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

Additional entry requirements

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English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £10,500 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £20,950 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Channel Islands: Fees stated are for the 2019/20 academic year. Fees after year one The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel. Overseas: Fees stated are for 2019/20 entry and are fixed for the first three years of study. Where programmes run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation (this is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments) plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Sponsorship information

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

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