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Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

UCAS Code

F3FM

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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  • Duration:

    4 years full-time

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F3FM; Short form: MPhys/PhyA

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MPhys

Why study this course?

These courses combine elements of our Physics and Astrophysics degrees and are popular routes if you want to keep options open for further study. UCLan's MPhys Physics with Astrophysics degree course provide a rounded education in the subject, from quantum physics to the formation of the Universe. You will improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and the stars and galaxies that make up the universe. You will become highly proficient at problem solving and solving challenges by thinking creatively. These, along with the practical skills gained through planning experiments, processing, analysing, and interpreting data, are skills which are useful for any career.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

320 points at A2 including Physics and Maths at A/B
BTEC considered with Physics and Maths A2. Use of Maths not accepted
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 31P
IELTS at 6 with no score lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

128 points at A2 including B in Physics & Maths (excluding General Studies)
BTEC considered with Maths & Physics A2
Pass Access To HE with 128 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 30P
IELTS
grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE 5 at grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent.

 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”)
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Applied Physics and Linear Systems
  • Functions, Vectors, and Calculus

 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Astrophysics II
  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations

Optional modules

  • Scientific Computing
  • Vector Calculus
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics

Optional modules

  • Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Condensed Matter (Solid State and Soft Matter)
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms
  • Project

 

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • MPhys Project
  • Advanced Laboratory

Optional modules

  • Lasers and Modern Optics
  • Sun, Earth and Geospace
  • Galaxies and Quasars
  • Magnetism

Further Information

All the BSc (Hons)/MPhys courses have a common first year with the opportunity to choose your specialisation at the end of that year: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics. You can choose if you want to continue on to the MPhys route at the end of Year 2. If you are planning a career in scientific research, we would strongly recommend the four-year MPhys qualification. 

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

All our courses in Physics and Astrophysics are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and completion leads to Associate Membership of the IOP. Graduate IOP members can use the letters AMInstP after their name and work towards Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. Our distance-learning courses in Astronomy are recognised by the IOP, and courses in Astrophysics are also recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and students are welcome to join and become Fellows of the RAS.

Facilities

Alston Telescope

We have recently invested over £200, 000 to install a new large telescope at Alston Observatory.

The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees, and enables you to make real astronomical observations.

Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study abroad, either a whole year of study with an approved international partner university, or a project within a collaborating research group, such as in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, or with NASA in the USA.

Graduates of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world and are in particularly high demand for technical and business sectors, where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium. Graduates have found employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories, financial institutions, teaching and scientific journalism.

Most of our distance-learning Astronomy students have a passionate interest in the subject, and those completing the degree course can go on to further study, teaching, or work in an observatory. Other possible careers include science communication and public outreach.