MSci Physics with Astrophysics (F3FM)

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UCAS code F3FM
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £25,900 per year
  • International students: £25,900 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 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 a broad range of contemporary astrophysics.

Study areas begin with 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. You will also have the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of transferable skills, including problem solving, numeracy, teamwork and the ability to communicate complicated concepts.

You will join a friendly department with a very active, award-winning student society. 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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Typical offer for MSci Physics with Astrophysics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A (in any order) in Mathematics and Physics
A-level
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 7, 6 (in any order) at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) 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 (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Engineering, Science, or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from Mathematics units (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry); and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from Physics units.

    Mature students can contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer D*DD in Engineering BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in 6 specified Physics units, AND A in Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent).
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 Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
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International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

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GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

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For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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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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