Physics with Astronomy (4 years) MPhys

University of Southampton

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    6 (Physics & Astronomy)
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Course Summary

Enter the realm of extreme physics and learn the science behind powerful phenomena such as white dwarfs, black holes and neutron stars, the evolution of the universe, the formation of galaxies and space weather. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge of a professional astronomer, taught by academics who are directly involved in astronomy research. Whether you choose to do a PhD and become an astronomer, or use your advanced computing and data analysis skills in another profession, the knowledge you gain will underpin your lifelong passion for astronomy.A special feature of this programme is the study visit to Tenerife, where our top 12 students have the opportunity to visit the Izana Observatory for a period of astronomical observation. This degree is also the gateway to our MPhys Astrophysics with a Year Abroad flagship programme, which offers a unique opportunity to spend your fourth year at the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, USA. Our top-performing students can transfer onto this programme at the end of second year. The University of Southampton is a great place to study physics; we rank fourth in the Russell Group for course satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2020. And 100% of MPhys Physics with Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course in the last National Student Survey results (autumn 2018).You’ll have access to exceptional research-grade facilities, including a rooftop observatory. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from physicists and engineers, to actuaries and statisticians, scientific journalists and medical researchers. Many students go onto further study.This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

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  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
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  • Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal
  • GCSE/National 4/National 5

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AAA-AAB including grades AA in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practicalor AABC including grades AA in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics PracticalOffers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. ‘Use of mathematics’ A level is not a substitute for ‘mathematics’ A level. Applicants may be invited to visit the department and have an optional interview; an optional interview may lead to a lower offer.

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The University of Southampton dates back to 1862: located on the south coast of England, it is close to the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. The main campus is north of the city centre, near to a large managed woodland. There are excellent road, rail, sea and air links and London is just over an hour away by train.


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