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Astrophysics (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

University of Central Lancashire

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

**Course Overview**- Do you ever wonder how our universe came to be? Our Astrophysics Foundation Entry degree course will help you find the answers and lead to a rewarding career in this field.- 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.- Through our well-resourced observatory and laboratory facilities, you’ll develop a sophisticated practical and theoretical knowledge base during your BSc (Hons) Astrophysics course.- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.**Why study with us**- You’ll also develop your mathematical skills, and benefit from a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data.- You’ll gain excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills as well as problem-solving abilities.- You’ll benefit from the expertise of staff who have a national or international research reputation, as assessed by the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).**Further Information**- All the BSc (Hons)/MPhys courses have common induction modules, with the opportunity to choose your specialisation on completion: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics.- You can choose if you want to continue on to the MPhys route and, if you’re planning a career in scientific research, we strongly recommend the MPhys qualification.- The MPhys individual project provides an introduction to research and lasts a whole semester in the final year. This takes the place of the normal BSc project and you can study abroad within a collaborating research group (such as Florence, Italy, South Africa or NASA).- The master’s MPhys course gives you the chance to study to a greater depth than is possible on the Bachelors course, and takes an extra year to complete. You enrol onto the MPhys course in the first instance and you can then decide between BSc (Hons) and MPhys, taking into account your achievements and career aspirations. After your foundation year you’ll study six modules per year, making a total of 18 modules for the BSc and 24 modules for the MPhys.- Building on our long history of Astrophysics studies, the University’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy was established in 1993, and pursues research into the physics of stars, galaxies and the universe. We’re involved in a number of international collaborations, including being the leading member of the United Kingdom Southern African Large Telescope Consortium. We host the UK hub for data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Staff are also involved in our world-leading Astronomy by Distance Learning programme, delivered under our Study Astronomy brand.

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

University of Central Lancashire

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  • Campus address

    University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 50 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%



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