MSci Physics with Astrophysics (F3FM)

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UCAS code F3FM
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 197 overall for Single Honours Physics courses

About MSci Physics with Astrophysics

This degree gives you a thorough grounding in physics with astrophysics as a key component. The course is led by an internationally-renowned astrophysics research group and covers the full range of contemporary astrophysics.

Study areas include a broad overview of all of modern astrophysics followed by more advanced topics, which could include high-energy astrophysics, galaxy formation and evolution, general relativity and cosmology, and astrophysical fluids and plasmas.

Your final-year project will be with a member of the astrophysics research group, which currently specialises in cosmology, the formation of clusters and galaxies, active galaxies, high-energy astrophysical processes, and the formation of extrasolar planets.

You will gain the skills needed for astronomical observations and analysis of data from international ground- and space-based observatories on this course, but will also have the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of transferable skills. These include problem-solving, numeracy, teamwork and the ability to communicate complicated concepts.

This course prepares you for a research career in astrophysics but also gives you the flexible career options that a Physics degree offers. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

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Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Astrophysics, including stars and planets, galaxies and the universe

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computing and science presentational skills

Third year

  • Core physics - semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • Galaxies, high energy astrophysics, stellar structure, particle physics
  • Physics options might include:
    • condensed matter
    • nanophysics
    • biophysics
    • methods of theoretical physics

Fourth year

  • Final-year research project in astrophysics
  • Research and delivery of a seminar in an astrophysics topic
  • Physics and astrophysics options might include:
    • magnetism and superconductivity
    • particle physics
    • advanced quantum physics
    • general relativity and cosmology
    • the physics of radiation
    • gas and plasma in the universe.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics with Astrophysics

Typical offer for MSci Physics with Astrophysics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Physics in any order
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall including 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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Email: sci-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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Accreditation

This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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