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An Astrophysics degree has the unique potential to provide students with an understanding of the most up-to-date discoveries in the Universe. During the programme, students will be introduced to all aspects of Physics and Astronomy from Quantum Mechanics to Cosmology. In the second year, there is a week-long field trip to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, where students make astronomical measurements at a professional observatory. Offered in conjunction with the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University, the four-year Astrophysics degree will equip students with skills relevant for further study of the universe at postgraduate research level as well as for jobs in a wide range of careers.

Core physics topics include: Newtonian Dynamics, Wave Phenomena, The Material Universe, Working with Physics, Practical Physics and Maths for Physics, Electromagnetism, Condensed Matter, Quantum and Atomic Physics and Nuclear and Particle Physics.

There are modules on Astronomy Fundamentals, Astronomical Techniques, Stellar Astrophysics, Galaxies and Cosmology. Advanced topics include Computational Astrophysics, Communication of Astrophysical Ideas, Chaos Theory, and Dynamical Astronomy.

The two-metre Aperture Liverpool Telescope sited on La Palma in the Canaries, which is the largest robotically controlled telescope in the world, will provide you with unique access to observations from a major research facility when you undertake a research project in your final year.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

The first year starts with a one week project to familiarise you with the staff and other students. There will be two Maths modules in each of the first two years, these are designed to provide the Mathematical skills required by Physics students.

Programme Year Two

In year two you will broaden your understanding of Physics, with modules designed to ensure you have mastered the full range of Physics concepts.

Programme Year Three

With the core physics modules completed in the first two years there is now considerable scope to choose amongst the optional modules available, mostly based around the research interests of the departmental staff.

Programme Year Four

In the final year of the course you will have considerable flexibility to choose between the many optional modules based around various astrophysics and physics research areas. You will also undertake an extended project with a member of staff, normally in their research area in astrophysics.

Career opportunities

Physicists are trained to solve a wide range of problems. That’s why graduates have gone on to explore careers in such diverse areas such as Telecommunications; Microelectronics; Nuclear Power and Instrumentation; Cryogenics; Astronomy; Geophysics Medical Physics; Materials Science; Computing; Teaching; Business; Finance and Management. Physics graduates are currently among those earning the highest starting salaries in the UK, according to latest figures, and our graduates enjoy excellent opportunities for careers in research, industry, computing, teaching, business and finance.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States