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MPhysAstrophysics

Tuition fee £9,250.00 per year
Course code F511
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Overview

Why choose this course?
The MPhys programme allows students to study astrophysics to a greater depth and breadth than our BSc programme. An MPhys is particularly recommended for those students interested in pursuing research in the industrial, government and academic sectors, and who are likely to consider undertaking further postgraduate study (MSc and/or PhD degrees).
The MPhys programme allows students to study astrophysics to a greater depth and breadth than our BSc programme.An MPhys is particularly recommended for those students interested in pursuing research in the industrial, government and academic sectors, and who are likely to consider undertaking further postgraduate study (MSc and/or PhD degrees).In the MPhys year you will study more advanced courses in a range of Astrophysics and Physics specialisms (including Galaxy Formation & Evolution, High Energy Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics), plus undertake a large research project within the Centre for Astrophysics Research.Your research project will form a third of your final year and you will be closely supervised and guided by one of our experienced researchers while you work on a cutting-edge problem in modern Astrophysics. Previous projects include developing Lucky Imaging cameras at our observatory, studying extreme variable stars in the Milky Way, studying observations of powerful Active Galactic Nuclei, and designing new space telescopes to study extrasolar planet atmospheres. We have an innovative strand of industrial projects, supported by the Institute of Physics, that give you direct experience of working in industrial research.

Programme structure

First Year: You will study a range of topics in astronomy, fundamental physics and mathematics. You will gain experience in observational astronomy and laboratory physics, learn programming techniques and develop an intuitive approach to problemsolving. By taking part in personal tutorials and workshops, you will also be able to discuss your ideas with others.
Second Year: You will study solar and planetary physics that includes practical observatory work, electromagnetism and optics, quantum physics, thermal and statistical physics, and mathematical techniques.
Third Year: You will have the opportunity of spending this optional year at a major astronomical research centre or international observatory in a place such as the Canary Islands or the USA. Study abroad opportunities are available at universities in Europe, Australia and the USA.
Fourth Year: Subjects will include cosmology, galactic astrophysics, stellar astrophysics and computational physics. You will carry out a research investigation on an astrophysics topic of your choice. This could be in conjunction with one of our existing research programmes. A range of optional topics are also available. These include space dynamics, fluid dynamics and topics in quantum physics and mathematics.
Final Year (4th or 5th): You will undertake a substantial research project in astrophysics together with modules in programming and statistics, high energy astrophysics, and/or galaxy formation and evolution. There will be a range of options available including astrophysics, medical physics, atmospheric physics, applied mathematics and computational fluid dynamics. This year is ideal preparation for postgraduate study and a research-oriented career.

Career opportunities

Careers
A degree in astrophysics opens doors to a wide variety of careers. With an MPhys you are ideally placed to go on to a career in industrial or scientific research. You could also remain in academia on a PhD programme, and this is the number one destination for our graduates. Equally your high level of numeracy, ability to think critically and communicate complex ideas will be prized by employers in areas as diverse as financial services, information technology and teaching.
Your specialist physics understanding and range of technical and mathematical abilities mean you will be well equipped for careers in research or industry, or for postgraduate study. Our graduates find employment in international observatories, research institutions, engineering and financial industries, and teaching.

Work Placement
All of our Astrophysics degree programmes can be taken as a sandwich degree, with a professional placement year. We have a dedicated Placements Tutor in our School who, along with the University’s Careers & Placements Service, will help you find and set up your placement. Within the UK our students have worked at:
IBM, Microsoft, the Rutherford Appleton Labs, the Met Office and the National Physical Laboratory.
Many of our graduates go on to work or postgraduate study at their placement hosts.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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