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Tuition fee £9,250.00 per year
Course code F501
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Why choose this course?
On our Astrophysics BSc (Hons) degree you will study the cosmos in all its wonder, gaining a detailed physical understanding of how the Universe works. We put a lot of emphasis on understanding the physical and mathematical principles behind astrophysical phenomena.You will also gain considerable hand-on experience of astronomical observations at our dedicated teaching observatory – beginning your studies there only a few weeks after commencing your degree with us.During your second and third years you will specialise in more advanced Astrophysical topics, including the physics of the solar system and extrasolar planets, cosmology, and star formation and stellar evolution. We also offer a range of options in your final year, including learning how to plan space missions in Space Dynamics and the flight dynamics of rockets in Rocket Performance and Propulsion.You will also carry out a final year investigative project in a cutting-edge area of Astrophysics research. You will be closely supervised and guided by one of our experienced researchers in the Centre for Astrophysics Research. Previous projects have included mapping the Orion Nebula with our telescopes at Bayfordbury, studying planetary systems with the Herschel Space Observatory, and modeling high energy jets from galactic nuclei.If you’re continuing on our MPhys programme it’s possible to extend your project into your MPhys year. We also 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.
Final Year (3rd or 4th): 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.

Career opportunities

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, 2017
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2017 23:59 (GMT)

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.