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  • Qualification

    Master of Physics - MPhys

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Astrophysics (F511) with an Integrated Masters at Aberystwyth University incorporates the broad disciplines of Astronomy, including: Cosmology and Galactic Astronomy, the Solar System, Gas Giants and Terrestrial Worlds, Red Giants, White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Quasars and more.

This allows you to cover a broad area of learning and then specialise later in your career. With foundations in the key areas of Physics and Astronomy, taught in a supportive environment, you will also develop the transferable skills required by employers, in this discipline, for education, business and industry.

Why study Astrophysics at Aberystwyth?

  • On completion of this degree you will leave with accreditation by the IOP (Institute of Physics) and a Master's qualification.
  • Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since its foundation and it continues to be an innovative learning experience for all.
  • You will be taught by experts in their field.
  • Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene).

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In the first year you may discover:

  • the main branches of classical and modern physics underpinned by the core mathematical disciplines of algebra and calculus
  • computational and experimental physics
  • quantum theory
  • dynamics
  • the principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields

In your second year you may explore:

  • solar interior
  • stars
  • planets and planetary atmospheres
  • thermal physics
  • quantum mechanics
  • mathematical physics
  • data handling
  • statistics

In your third year you may investigate:

  • cosmology
  • galaxies
  • space plasmas
  • the solar atmosphere
  • the heliosphere alongside condensed matter
  • atoms and molecules
  • electromagnetism

In your fourth year you will study:

  • electromagnetic theory
  • quantum technology
  • modern physics
  • advanced numerical methods

Employability

What can I do with a physics degree?

Our graduates have discovered career paths in:

  • medical physics
  • radiation protection
  • research science

Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:

  • systems development
  • product development
  • technical publishing
  • meteorology.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 49 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    115 50%

    42nd

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.47 89%

    4th

    8

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