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Astrophysics (Foundation Entry)

5 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Do you ever wonder how our universe came to be? Our MPhys Astrophysics Foundation Entry Degree provides you with essential training to help find the answer.

You’ll gain an understanding of how to apply physics to the stars and galaxies which make up our universe, whilst developing skills in scientific methods.

During your MPhys (Hons) Astrophysics course you’ll have access to specialist laboratory facilities for the study of nuclear physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics. And our Physics Teaching Laboratories have benefitted from an investment of over £40,000 in new equipment.

Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto your chosen Honours degree programme. They’re a great stepping stone to a full degree. You’ll gain excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills as well as problem-solving abilities.

Why study with us

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • These are all skills that make you particularly attractive to employers, not just in astrophysics, but in a wide range of fields including oil and gas, and medical physics.

What you'll do

  • The staff who deliver the courses are members of the School’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.
  • Many of our staff hold PhDs, and are active researchers in a number of areas of physics and astrophysics, attracting national and international research reputations.
  • During your MPhys (Hons) Astrophysics course you’ll have access to our observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK.

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.
  • This course is recognised by the RAS. Their aim is to promote the study of astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. Founded in 1820, the RAS organises scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognises outstanding achievements in astronomy, and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally.

Future Careers

Graduates of physics, astronomy, and astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world; particularly in technical and business sectors where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium.

You could have a career in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories. Or work for financial institutions. There are also jobs in teaching and scientific communication and public outreach.

Fees and Funding

First year£9250
First year£14000
First year£14000
First year£6000
First year£10000

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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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