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Intergrated Master of Astrophysics (Hons)
Intergrated Master of Astrophysics (Hons)

Intergrated Master of Astrophysics (Hons)

  • ID:UH440019
  • Level:Master's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,450.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£11,385.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,450.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£11,385.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
Estimated Total/program:
£100,540.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • GCSE: Grade 4/D in English and 4/C Mathematicse.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

The MPhys allows you to study astrophysics to a greater depth and breadth than the BSc. It’s particularly recommended if you’re interested in pursuing research in industry, government or academia, or if you want to go on to further postgraduate study. During the course you’ll study more advanced topics such as galaxy formation and evolution, high-energy astrophysics and atmospheric physics. You’ll also undertake a large research project within our Centre for Astrophysics Research. We have an innovative strand of industrial projects, supported by the Institute of Physics, that gives you direct experience of working in industrial research. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year at a major astronomical research centre or an international observatory.

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.
  • 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.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  These correspond to your first, second, third and final year of study. You will study master level at final year.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Level 4

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • The Physical Universe, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Mathematical Techniques 1, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Special Relativity and Quantum Physics, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Experimental Physics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Computational Modelling, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Small Group Tutorial (Level 4), 0 Credits, Compulsory

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Mathematical Techniques 2, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Electromagnetism, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Optics and Lasers, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Thermodynamics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Quantum Mechanics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Small Group Tutorial (Level 5), 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Career Planning and Development, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Programming, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Professional Teaching Skills, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Numerical Methods, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Differential Equations, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Physics of the Solar System, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Extra-Solar Planets, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Plasma Physics and Fusion Reactors, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Motion and Tensors, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 6

  • Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional
  • Condensed States of Matter, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • The Physics of Elementary Particles, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Astrophysics Project and Investigative Skills, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Star Formation and Evolution, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Foundations of Cosmology, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Rocket Performance and Propulsion, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Professional Placement, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Space Dynamics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Year Abroad, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Computational Physics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Partial Differential Equations, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Further Numerical Methods, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nonlinear Systems, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Placement with Study Abroad, 0 Credits, Optional
  • The Physics of Astronomical Spectra, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Early Universe and Galaxy Formation, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Quantum Optics and Information Theory, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Applied Optics and Photonics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Lagrangian Dynamics, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 7

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Astrophysics Research Project, 60 Credits, Compulsory
  • Statistics and Analysis, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • CFD Techniques, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Aerospace Aerodynamics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • MRI Science and Principles, 15 Credits, Optional
  • CT Science and Principles, 15 Credits, Optional
  • High Energy Astrophysics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Relativity and Field Theory, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Galaxy Structure and Evolution, 15 Credits, Optional
  • General Relativity, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Quantum Field Theory, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nature of the Climate System, 15 Credits, Optional
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Your in-depth, specialist physics understanding and range of technical and mathematical skills mean you’ll be well placed for a career in industrial or scientific research. Alternatively, you could stay in academia on a PhD programme, the number one destination for our graduates. Our graduates also find employment in international observatories, research institutions, engineering and financial industries, and teaching.

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