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We’re learning more about our universe, but there’s still much more to discover. Join us in expanding our knowledge of astrophysics on this BSc (Hons) Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology degree course.
You’ll deepen your understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, and apply this knowledge to the structure and behaviour of some of the largest and smallest elements of existence.
As well as gaining knowledge and skills in physics, astrophysics and cosmology, you’ll develop a combination of mathematical and computational knowledge that's sought after by employers in many industries.
On this course you’ll:
Be taught by leading scientists from the University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)
Explore stars, galaxies, black holes and gravitational waves
Use advanced equipment like SCIAMA, the University’s supercomputer
Access Hampshire Astronomical Group facilities at Clanfield Observatory, which are equipped with various telescopes including a 24-inch reflector
Go on visits to aerospace businesses like BAE Systems and Airbus Defence
- Study at a university where physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the latest Government-backed REF (Research Excellence Framework)
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.
You may be able to do a placement through the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) Bursary Scheme. This 8-week placement includes a £2000 bursary.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements at destinations including:
Culham Science Centre
- Tesla Engineering Ltd
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service will help you find a job or identify further study and academic research opportunities.
Previous students on this course have gone on to further study, research and employment in areas such as:
PhD and Master's study in cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy and theoretical physics
the space systems and aerospace industry
- data analysis
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Core modules include:
- Electricity and magnetism
- Introduction to computational physics
- Introduction to laboratory and field physics
- Introduction to mathematical physics 1
- Introduction to mathematical physics 2
- Space science and applications of physics
Core modules include:
- Introduction to modern physics and astrophysics
- Mathematical Physics
- Thermodynamics and statistical physics
- Waves and options
Optional modules include:
- Computational physics
- Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
- Mechanics and Dynamics
- Practical laboratory and field physics
- Universe: Planetary systems, stars and galaxies
Placement year (optional)
Core modules include:
- Modern astrophysics
- Physical cosmology
- Solid state physics and detectors
Optional modules include:
- Group project
- Health physics
- Introduction to general relativity and cosmology
- Introduction to multiferroic materials and their applications
- Mathematical methods for physics
- Nanoscale surface physics
- Particle physics
- Quantum mechanics and quantum information
- Undergraduate ambassador
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Assessment opportunities are varied and balanced between coursework and different types of examination including laboratory reports, individual or group presentations and posters, coursework problem sheets, computer modelling reports and open and closed book examinations.
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
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
|UCAS Tariff||104 points||104 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from A level Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics.|
|A level||104 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics at grade C.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Must be in a Science based subject and contain substantial components of Mathematics and Physics.|
|Access to HE Diploma||106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 44, to include a Principal Subject in Physics or Mathematics at M3.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 points||26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H4, H4||To include Higher Level Mathematics, Physics or Electronics at H3.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||Must be in a Science based subject and contain substantial components of Mathematics and Physics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||104 Tariff points to include Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics at grade D.|
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54.0||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79.0||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|