Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    4 years full-time

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F3FM; Short form: MPhys/PhyA

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


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

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
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. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1 and 2

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


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 and 4

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

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. 


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

All of our on-campus courses in Physics and Astrophysics are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and completion leads towards Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. Graduate IOP members can use the letters MInstP after their name.  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 (FRAS).


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.


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.