Do you ever wonder how our universe came to be? Our Astrophysics degree course provides you with essential training to help find the answer, in understanding the application of physics to the stars and galaxies which make up the universe, whilst developing your skills in scientific methods. You will also develop your mathematical skills, and benefit from a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data. This will provide you with excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills and these problem-solving abilities will make you particularly attractive to employers, not just in astrophysics, but in a wide range of fields including oil and gas, and medical physics.
Full-time: three years; Part-time: typically six years depending on rate of study.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
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Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including A-level B in Maths and Physics. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.
BTEC: Considered with A-Level grade B Maths and Physics
Pass Access Course: 128 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL5 Maths and Physics
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
BSc (Hons) Astrophysics, 1997
A career encompassing a doctorate, work in the nuclear industry and a stint applying his knowledge in cancer research and drug development all began at UCLan for Dr. Darren Groombridge.
MPhys (Hons) Astrophysics, 2018
Despite achieving poor results in his A Levels, Simon was determined to reach for the stars and pursue a dream career in Astrophysics. His prospects rocketed after he completed a Foundation Year at UCLan and now he is undertaking a PhD exploring planets beyond our solar system. After applying to undertake a Foundation Year at UCLan then completing the BSc (Hons) in Astrophysics, he is on track to enjoy a career that is truly out-of-this world.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.