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

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • 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

About MSci Physics with Astrophysics

This course gives you a thorough grounding in physics with astrophysics as a key component. It 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. These 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. The group 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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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 presentation skills.

Third year

  • core physics, including semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics, skills for science
  • astrophysics topics might include galaxies, high energy astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution
  • physics options might include particle physics, condensed matter, nanophysics, biophysics or methods of theoretical physics.

Fourth year

  • final-year research project in astrophysics
  • research and delivery of a seminar or essay on a cutting edge astrophysics or physics topic
  • physics and astrophysics options might include general relativity and cosmology, gas and plasma in the universe, the physics of radiation, magnetism and superconductivity, particle physics, advanced quantum physics.

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

Standard offer
A*AA including A*A (in any order) in Mathematics and Physics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including AA in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 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 (Engineering, Engineering Science, Maths and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (excluding Statistics) and 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Physics.
BTEC offer D*DD in Applied Science or Engineering with Distinction in Further Mathematics for Engineers and all Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in Mathematics and Physics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
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)
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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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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