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Astrophysics (F510), 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.

  • On completion of this degree you will leave with accreditation by the IOP (Institute of Physics)
  • 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)

Astrophysics (F510), 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...

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Course Content

In the first year you will 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 will explore:

  • Solar interior
  • Stars
  • Planets and planetary atmospheres
  • Thermal physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Data handling
  • Statistics

In your third year you will investigate:

  • Cosmology
  • Galaxies
  • Space plasmas
  • The solar atmosphere
  • The heliosphere alongside condensed matter
  • Atoms and molecules
  • Electromagnetism

In the first year you will 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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with B in A level Physics and B in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Physics and Mathematics

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Physics and B in Mathematics GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with B in A level Physics and B in Mathematics International...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations.

We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations.