Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology MPhys (Hons)

Overview

Despite advances in physics, astrophysics and cosmology, we still have a limited grasp of the universe. With 95% of it existing in a form we still don’t understand, there’s plenty left for you to discover.

Join an international community looking for answers in this field on this MPhys (Hons) Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology integrated Master's degree course.

You’ll develop your understanding of the fundamental laws of physics and apply what you learn to the structure and behaviour of some of the largest and smallest elements of existence.

By the end of the course, you'll have a Master's level qualification. You'll be well placed to do further research or study in physics, astrophysics and cosmology or work in a variety of industries, from aerospace to finance.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study alongside researchers from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)
  • Use SCIAMA, the University’s supercomputer
  • Access to 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
  • Access large datasets produced by international-level sky surveys, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • Use advanced technical equipment with the help of expert technical staff, including x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, electron and atomic force microscopes, and various types of spectroscopy
  • Develop the professional skills and standards you need as a practicing physicist, through a major research project in your final year
  • 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)

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Computational Physics
  • Introduction to Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 2
  • Space Science and Applications of Physics

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Modern Physics and Astrophysics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Computational Physics
  • Institution-wide Language Programme
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Practical Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed placements at destinations including:

  • M-Solv UK
  • Culham Science Centre
  • Tesla Engineering Ltd

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Modern Astrophysics 1
  • Physical Cosmology
  • Solid State Physics and Detectors

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Group Project
  • Health Physics
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Introduction to Multiferroic Materials and their Applications
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • Nanoscale Surface Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information
  • Undergraduate Ambassador

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Research Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Computational Techniques
  • Contemporary Theoretical Physics
  • Microwave and High Speed Digital Design
  • Modern Astrophysics 2
  • Observational Astronomy and Cosmology

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars

You'll complete many different learning and assessment methods over the course of your study, to ensure that you're never faced with any one system which might favour or disadvantage you.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • open and closed-book examination
  • poster and oral presentations (individually and in groups)
  • portfolios
  • laboratory reports
  • laboratory and field notebooks

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: 55% by written exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 62% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 18% by written exams, 31% by practical exams and 51% 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:

  • cosmology
  • astrophysics
  • astronomy and theoretical physics
  • space systems and aerospace industry
  • education
  • scientific journalism
  • 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.

MPhys (Hons), MPhys (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-128 points to include 40 points from A Level Physics and 40 points from A Level Mathematics, or equivalent. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

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

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