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MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics

MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAA including Physics and Maths. This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered).

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, D3 including Physics and Maths

  • European Baccalaureate, 85% overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths

  • International Baccalaureate, 36 points overall, including 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Astrophysicists look to the skies to discover more about the nature of our Universe.

From the nuclear reactions that power our sun to the mysteries of dark matter, you'll study the great challenges of cosmology in topics aligned with our active research.

To explore the cosmos you'll need grounding in many disciplines of physics, from optics to electromagnetism, quantum physics to classical mechanics. You'll gain foundational understanding of fundamental physics, scientific principles and methods. You'll learn key skills for analysing real-life problems, write scientific reports to industry standards, communicate complex concepts, and solve mind-bending astronomical puzzles.

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Year 1

Year 1 emphasises core material to consolidate your existing knowledge and prepare you for more advanced study. You'll study a range of key modules, and put your learning into practice in the lab throughout the year.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics 

  • Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics 

  • Mathematics I 

  • Newtonian and Relativistic Mechanics 

  • Experimental Laboratory for Astrophysics I 

  • Mapping the Universe (with Professional Skills) 

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll deepen your understanding of fundamental laws, processes and techniques. Advanced laboratory work will enable you to plan and execute extended experiments. You'll learn to approach problems creatively and develop your observational astronomy skills.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Astrophysical Technologies, Planetary Science (with Professional Skills) 

  • Electromagnetism and Optics 

  • Mathematics II 

  • Quantum Physics II 

  • Thermodynamics and Solid State I 

  • Experimental Laboratory for Astrophysics II 

Year 3

Year 3 introduces some advanced concepts, building on the expertise you've developed. Option modules give you the chance to delve deeper into your favourite topic, or discover a new area of advanced physics.

You'll complete advanced laboratory work which will include preparation for your research project in the final year.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Galaxies and the Interstellar Medium and Cosmology 

  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State II 

  • Quantum Physics III 

  • Advanced Astrophysics Laboratory 

Option modules

You will choose from a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Advanced Theoretical Techniques 

  • Atomic Physics and Lasers  

  • Introduction to Plasma Science and Technology 

  • Introduction to Quantum Computing 

  • Magnetic Materials and Technology 

  • Medical Physics 

  • Modern Optics 

  • Nanoscale 

  • Particle Physics 

  • Relativity 

  • The Physics of Stars 

Year 4

The fourth year consists of a number of advanced optional modules, providing you with the opportunity to specialise further. You'll apply the core knowledge you've developed over the previous years to topics aligned with our internationally-recognised research groups.

You'll undertake a major research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff with expertise in the area you choose to focus on. You'll conduct original research to reach new conclusions and, at the highest levels, contribute to our understanding of the Universe.

Core module

  • MPhys Project

Our students widely acknowledge the MPhys project as one of the most satisfying and rewarding parts of the course. You'll undertake independent research to investigate a current problem in the field, or bring new perspectives to a familiar topic. You may need to design, build and evaluate equipment for a specific experimental purpose.

Recent projects have included:

  • Asteroseismology

  • Astrophysical methanol masers

  • Classifying stellar pulsations from space

  • Shell-Model study of exotic nuclei

  • Type-1a supernova explosions

  • Tuning the Stars to Beta Lep

You'll be supported by a professional skills module to hone your research techniques. You'll undertake a literature survey, write a review essay, develop a project plan and give oral and poster presentations in an end-of-year conference.

Option modules

You will choose from a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Advanced Plasma Physics 

  • From Subatomic Physics to Astrophysics 

  • Advanced High Performance Computing 

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics 

  • Biophysics 

  • Further Quantum Mechanics 

  • High Performance Computing 

  • Laser and Atom-light Interactions 

  • Nanomaterials: from Graphene to Spintronics 

  • Physics and Applications of Semiconductor Devices 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates are working as:

  • Accelerator Physicist, Science and Technology Council

  • Engineer, BAE Systems

  • Scientist, The Home Office

  • Financial Coordinator, De Vere

  • IT Analyst and Consultant, Virgin money

  • Teacher

  • Electrical Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

  • Environmental Modeller, E.ON

  • Accountant, John Lewis

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