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4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Did you ever wonder how stars and galaxies came to be? Astrophysics can provide the answer – with the skills, methods and knowledge to investigate the physics of our universe.

Studying our Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) programme offers the opportunity to explore the very fabric of our universe. You’ll develop skills in various scientific methods, while learning how physics applies to stellar objects and systems.

With us, you’ll work in a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data, developing a sophisticated practical and theoretical knowledge base. You’ll also get the chance to spend a year abroad, whether studying at a partner institution or working with an approved research project. We collaborate with some of the world’s leaders in the field, including NASA and the Southern African Large Telescope.

By the time you graduate, you should leave us with well-developed excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills, coupled with keen problem-solving abilities. It’s the kind of mix that’s attractive to employers in a wide range of sectors – from medical physics and education to oil and gas.

Why study with us

  • 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.
  • Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in the North West for research intensity (CUG, 2022). Research intensity is a measure of the amount of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.
  • This course is recognised by the Institute of Physics – you’ll qualify for student membership, and for Membership as a graduate.

What you’ll do

  • Because the course starts off with the same modules as our Physics and Physics with Astrophysics courses, you can swap courses at the end of your first year.
  • Our MPhys route is highly recommended if you’re planning a career in scientific research.
  • You’ll become an active part of our vibrant research culture, learning from research-informed teaching, working on projects and even joining funded internships.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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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  • This course is accredited by the IOP, the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. On completion of this course graduates can progress towards Chartered Physicist (Phys) status.

Future careers

Our MPhys (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.

Graduates of physics and astrophysics are among the most employable in the world, with the advanced understanding and skills which are prized across a range of technical and business sectors.

As such, you’ll find our graduates working in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories. It can even provide a route into careers in finance, teaching and scientific journalism too.

The course comes with the chance to take a 48-week sandwich placement between your second and third years. You could study abroad with one of our partner universities, or you could work on a project within a research group – in Europe, South Africa or even in the USA with NASA. This offers a vital opportunity to consolidate what you’ve already learned, while gaining the kind of experience that offers a competitive advantage in the busy jobs market.

For those looking ahead to a career in a scientific research, this course can provide the perfect start – by adding a fourth year and achieving an MPhys qualification.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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