Physics with Astrophysics

Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    four years full-time / five years with industrial placement

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    MPhys

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    F3FM

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Experience a supportive student environment with a low student-to-staff ratio.
  • Benefit from Alston Observatory - one of the largest, best-equipped teaching observatories with £200,000 recent investment in the most powerful modern telescope available in the UK. The observatory’s 20+telescopes are used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and in all years of the astrophysics degrees.
  • Benefit from world-leading research-led content - astrophysics and physics, pioneering research in nanoscience, computational and experimental physics.

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules

  • Astrophysics 1: Structure of the Universe
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Theory
  • Mechanics
  • Applied Physics and Linear systems
  • Practical physics 1 -  Programming and Experiment
  • Functions, Vectors and Calculus

 


Compulsory modules

  • Astrophysics 2
  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Special Relativity and Solid State Physics
  • Practical Physics 2 - Computing and Experiment
  • Ordinary Differential Equations and Fourier Series

Optional modules

  • Physics Industrial Placement Year

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

  • Practical Physics 3 - Experiment and Problem Solving

Choose one of the below

  • Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars
  • Cosmology and Galaxies

Optional modules

  • Condensed Matter and Surface Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Atomic Physics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Electodynamics and Plasma and Solar Physics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

Compulsory modules

  • Project

Optional modules

  • Galaxies 2
  • Plasma and Solar Physics 2
  • General Relativity
  • Planet Formation
  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Magnetism
  • Physics for Energy
  • Lasers and Modern Optics

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 128 UCAS Points including at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level 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 at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level 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 HL6 and HL5 in Maths and Physics
IELTS: 6.0 
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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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.  

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years and is highly recommended. Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability.

The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs. We will support you in preparation for this with UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

VIBRANT RESEARCH CULTURE

You will become an active part of our vibrant research culture – through research-informed teaching, projects and funded internships. You will benefit from world-leading research-led content – astrophysics and physics, pioneering research in nanoscience, computational and experimental physics.

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy pursues research into analytical acoustics, non-associative algebras, model theory and its applications, theoretical and laboratory-based physics, and the astrophysics of planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe.

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.

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.

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Facilities

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

We have recently invested over £200,000 to install a new large telescope at Alston Observatory. The Moses Holden Telescope (MHT), a 70 cm diameter state-of-the-art robotic telescope is used for both undergraduate teaching and to encourage public engagement in science.


Specialist laboratory facilities include nuclear physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics, and support different aspects of the course.

The physics teaching laboratories have recently benefitted from an investment of over £40,000 for new equipment.

The Alston Observatory 

Nanophysics Laboratory

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Simon Ebo

Simon Ebo

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. 

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

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.