Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code F3F5
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Physics Astrophysics Astronomy

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Undergraduate Admissions Officer
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 4362

Department of Physics and Astronomy

94% satisfied with course
National Student Survey 2016

98% found their course stimulating
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

This is a broad and intellectually stimulating degree that includes core physics knowledge and a thorough grounding in astrophysics. You'll study the workings of the universe, from the planets of our solar system to the most distant galaxies.

You'll learn how to analyse astronomical data, draw conclusions and present results. You can spend time in the astronomy laboratory and use our robotic telescope to take your own data. In your final year, you'll complete a project in an area that interests you.

Each year, one or two students on this course may be selected to spend their final year working at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma. This provides experience of a working observatory and the chance to complete an extended research project.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Maths and Physics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Maths and Physics + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and Physics
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA in Maths and Physics
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 30%
Independent study 70%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 68%
Coursework 24%
Practical 9%

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Is time travel possible?
Are there habitable planets in other star systems?
Can we make a quantum computer?

Our courses explore the laws of the universe from subatomic particles to stars and galaxies. You'll join a community of researchers and students looking for answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe.

All our undergraduates get hands-on experience working alongside staff on real research projects. We have a comprehensive range of modern facilities, including research laboratories, two telescopes on the roof of our building and remote access to a telescope in the Canary Islands. We host seminars by experts from the Institute of Physics and have an active student society.

Department of Physics and Astronomy website

What our graduates do

They are making an impact in many areas of society. Some are following careers in aerospace, telecommunications, teaching, defence and energy research. Others are achieving success in computing, accountancy and consultancy.

Organisations employing our graduates include Ernst & Young, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Toshiba, Museum of Science and Industry, Thales and the Home Office. Many of our graduates continue to PhD research and become research scientists in academia or industry.

Student profile

"I really liked the city and the department. I thought it was a really nice place."

Kate Trigg
Physics and Astronomy

MPhys or BSc?
Our BSc courses focus on core knowledge and skills. The MPhys courses have an additional element of research work experience and more opportunity to study topics in greater depth. If you plan to follow a career as a research scientist, an MPhys degree would be most appropriate.

A built-in insurance offer
If you firmly accept as your first choice an offer for our MPhys courses, but your A Level grades are AAB, you're guaranteed a place on the BSc.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 4362

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University open days
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Department open days
If we offer you a place on a course, you'll also be invited to a department open day. Physics and Astronomy open days are held between November and March.

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