Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology BSc (Hons)

Overview

We’re learning more about our universe, but there’s still much more to discover. Join us in expanding our knowledge of astrophysics on this BSc (Hons) Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology degree course.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, and apply this knowledge to the structure and behaviour of some of the largest and smallest elements of existence.

As well as gaining knowledge and skills in physics, astrophysics and cosmology, you’ll develop a combination of mathematical and computational knowledge that's sought after by employers in many industries.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Be taught by leading scientists from the University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)
  • Explore stars, galaxies, black holes and gravitational waves
  • Use advanced equipment like SCIAMA, the University’s supercomputer
  • Access Hampshire Astronomical Group facilities at Clanfield Observatory, which are equipped with various telescopes including a 24-inch reflector
  • Go on visits to aerospace businesses like BAE Systems and Airbus Defence
  • Study at a university where physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the latest Government-backed REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.

You may be able to do a placement through the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) Bursary Scheme. This 8-week placement includes a £2000 bursary.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • problem-based learning exercises
  • computational physics workshops
  • external site visits
  • project work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • laboratory reports
  • individual or group presentations and posters
  • coursework problem sheets
  • computer modelling reports
  • open and closed book examination

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 47% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 43% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 50% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service will help you find a job or identify further study and academic research opportunities.

What can you do with a Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology degree?

Previous students on this course have gone on to further study, research and employment in areas such as:

  • PhD and Master's study in cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy and theoretical physics
  • the space systems and aerospace industry
  • education
  • medical physics
  • finance
  • data analysis

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Qualifications or experience

  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from A level Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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