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These courses combine elements of our Physics and Astrophysics degrees and are popular routes if you want to keep options open for further study. UCLan's MPhys Physics with Astrophysics degree course provide a rounded education in the subject, from quantum physics to the formation of the Universe. You will improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and the stars and galaxies that make up the universe. You will become highly proficient at problem solving and solving challenges by thinking creatively. These, along with the practical skills gained through planning experiments, processing, analysing, and interpreting data, are skills which are useful for any career.
The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees, and enables you to make real astronomical observations.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad, either a whole year of study with an approved international partner university, or a project within a collaborating research group, such as in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, or with NASA in the USA.
Graduates of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world and are in particularly high demand for technical and business sectors, where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium. Graduates have found employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories, financial institutions, teaching and scientific journalism.
Year 1: Compulsory modules; Introduction to Physics, Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”), Introduction to Astronomy, Introduction to Mechanics, Applied Physics and Linear Systems, Functions, Vectors, and Calculus
Year 2: Compulsory modules; Electromagnetism and Waves, Thermal and Quantum Physics, Astrophysics II, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics, Ordinary Differential Equations. Optional modules; Scientific Computing, Vector Calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
Year 3: Compulsory modules; Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Relativity and Cosmology, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics. Optional modules; Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Condensed Matter (Solid State and Soft Matter), Fluid Dynamics, Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms, Project
Year 4: Compulsory modules; MPhys Project, Advanced Laboratory. Optional modules; Lasers and Modern Optics, Sun, Earth and Geospace, Galaxies and Quasars, Magnetism
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
- Year 4
|UCAS Tariff||128 points||including at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics. General Studies not accepted.|
|A level||128 UCAS Points including at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics. General Studies not accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered with at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics|
|Access to HE Diploma||128 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits at Distinction in Maths, and 15 level 3 credits at Distinction in Physics|
|Scottish Higher||128 UCAS Points including at least one grade A and a grade B in Higher Maths and Physics.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||Pass IB Diploma with 128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL6 and HL5 in Maths and Physics.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||128 UCAS Points including Physics and Maths at H1|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||Considered with at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics|
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|