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Physics with Astrophysics (Foundation Entry)

5 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our Physics with Astrophysics Foundation Entry degree course is a one-year preparation for a degree programme that will equip you to work as a professional physicist or astrophysicist.

Foundation entry degrees are beneficial if you missed out on the grades to enter the standard programme. You’ll take an additional year of study at the beginning of the undergraduate course.

This course brings together aspects of two of our degrees to offer a programme that’s full of possibilities. It covers a comprehensive range of topics, from quantum physics to the structure of the universe. As such, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, stars and galaxies, together with mathematical skills and practical laboratory experience – all on a course that is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

It’s a popular route if you want to keep your options open, as it not only provides a solid base you can build on with further study but also comes with the chance to switch your focus to one of our other physics-based courses. You could even take the sandwich year option by adding a year’s study abroad or working on a placement as part of your degree.

Completion of the Foundation Entry Year gives you the option to progress onto any of our BSc (Hons)/ MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degrees.

Why study with us

  • During your Foundation Entry Year, you’ll study alongside peers from related courses, as you gain a broad introduction to the fundamentals of classical and quantum physics.
  • You’ll also develop the mathematical ability to express those ideas, and the laboratory experience to perform real physics experiments.
  • 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.

What you’ll do

  • During our BSc (Hons) / MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degree courses you’ll have access to the University’s Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK, to make real astronomical observations.
  • You’ll be taught by members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, a diverse and international community of scientists committed to excellence in teaching and research.

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 Physics with Astrophysics Foundation Entry course can lead to a range of successful careers in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories.

Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics graduates 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 also work in financial institutions, teach or become a scientific journalist.

Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£10000 for the first 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.

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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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