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BSc in Physics with Planetary & Space Physics (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Physics

Course Description

Physics with Planetary and Space Physics, at Aberystwyth University, provides you with a fundamental core of Physics alongside a detailed exploration of the Physics of the Solar System and an overview of Modern Astronomical Science.

The nucleus of mainstream Physics, alongside our supportive learning environment, ensures flexibility in further study or employment after graduation, and provides the necessary background for the specialist modules.

  • 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
  • You will have access to specialist astronomical equipment
  • Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project
  • The Department offers a number of modules through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information

Physics with Planetary and Space Physics, at Aberystwyth University, provides you with a fundamental core of Physics alongside a detailed exploration of the Physics of the Solar System and an overview of Modern Astronomical Science. The nucleus of mainstream Physics, alongside our supportive learning environment, ensures flexibility in further study or employment after graduation,...

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Course Content

In your first year you may discover:

  • The main branches of classical and modern physics
  • The core mathematical disciplines of algebra and calculus
  • The computational and experimental physics
  • Classical Dynamics
  • The basic principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields

In your second year you may explore:

  • Stars
  • Planets
  • Thermal Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Optics
  • Experimental Physics

In your third year you may study and undertake:

  • Space plasmas
  • Planetary atmospheres
  • Ionospheres and magnetospheres
  • The solar atmosphere and heliosphere
  • Atoms, molecules and electromagnetism
  • You will also undertake a special project of your own choosing under the guidance of your personal project supervisor. 

In your first year you may discover: The main branches of classical and modern physics The core mathematical disciplines of algebra and calculus The computational and experimental physics Classical Dynamics The basic principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields In your second year...

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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.