What will I experience?

On this course you can:

    Interact with world-leading researchers from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitationworking at the forefront of modern astrophysics research.
  • Use the latest astronomical data to test our current understanding of the structure and behaviour of astrophysical objects and ideas about the evolution of the Universe.
  • Develop skills in the investigation and solution of astrophysical and cosmological problems using observational, theoretical and computational techniques.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will equip you for further study at PhD level in astrophysics and cosmology. There are also opportunities for employment as a scientific researcher in technical-based industry or commerce. Physics graduates have been successful in applying their analytical skills in many more general areas of employment.

Here are some routes our graduates may pursue:

    PhD and Masters studies for example in cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy and theoretical physics
  • Development of space systems and communications in aerospace industries
  • Development and applications of information technology
  • Graduate employment in industry, finance and commerce

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified Start date 2016 Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year one

Our course blends a range of lectures, seminars, desk studies, field, laboratory and coursework to develop your awareness of physics and its applications in astrophysics and cosmology.

Core units you will study include:

  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 2
  • Space Science and Applications of Physics
  • An introduction to Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Computational Physics

Year two

You will develop your knowledge on specific areas of physics as well as select from a choice of units across the year.

Core units you will study include:

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Introduction to Modern Physics and Astrophysics
  • Waves and Optics
  • Computational Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Universe, Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies
  • Applied Mathematics

Year three

Work is expected to begin to conform more fully to professional standards expected and will test the higher level skills of analysis and synthesis of knowledge at this level. A project gives you an opportunity to work in an area of interest.

Core units you will study include:

  • Solid State Physics and Detectors
  • Quantum Mechanics with Quantum Field Theory
  • Modern Astrophysics
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • Physical Cosmology

Options to choose from include:

  • Particle Physics
  • Radiofrequency and Microwave Physics
  • Physics Industrial Placement
  • Minor Group Project

Year four

This year consists of a major research project alongside a number of options for students to choose from.

Options to choose from include:

  • Contemporary Theoretical Physics
  • Advanced Computational Techniques
  • General Relativity and Theoretical Cosmology
  • Observational Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Advanced Astrophysics

Physics Industrial Placement is an optional year in employment which is not included in the classification credits.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


280-320 points from A Levels or equivalent, to include a minimum of 80 points from A Level Physics and a minimum of 80 points from A Level Mathematics.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

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