BSc (Hons)


3 years
September 2024
Foundation entry

Did you ever wonder how stars and galaxies came to be? An Astrophysics degree can provide the answer. You'll gain the skills, methods and knowledge to investigate the physics of our universe.

Why study with us

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    in the UK for academic support
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  • 6th
    in the UK for overall positivity
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  • 2nd
    in the North West for student satisfaction
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  • 5th
    in the UK for teaching quality
    Times Good University Guide (Physics and astronomy)
  • Learn at one of the UK’s best-equipped teaching observatories, with our recent £200,000 investment in probably the most powerful modern optical telescope available in the country.
  • You’ll have access to specialist laboratory facilities for the study of nuclear physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics.
  • You’ll develop your mathematical skills, and benefit from a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data.
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Hear from graduate Steven about his time studying here

What you’ll do

  • This course begins with the same introductory modules as both our Physics and Physics with Astrophysics courses, so you’ll have the flexibility to switch within your first year.
  • We collaborate with some of the world’s leaders in the field, including NASA and the Southern African Large Telescope: you’ll become an active part of our vibrant research culture, learning from research-informed teaching, working on projects and even joining funded internships.
  • If you’re doing well on the BSc programme, you can step up to the MPhys route – an ideal option for a career in scientific research.


In Year 3 you can choose between studying one of the following compulsory modules: either Physics/Astronomy Project or UAS Teaching Placement.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Astrophysics facilities


What can you do with an astrophysics degree? 

Our BSc (Hons) Astrophysics degree course provides the analytical and mathematical skills which are prized across a range of industries, as well as a strong foundation for a career in research.

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During my degree I completed two summer internships. The first of these led to a publication in a notable scientific journal, and at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) I presented work at an international conference.
Simon Ebo
MPhys Astrophysics
United Kingdom
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Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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