• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Physics with Astrophysics programme at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)  provides a rounded education in the subject, from quantum physics to the formation of the Universe. You will improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and the stars and galaxies that make up the universe. 

You will become highly proficient at problem solving and solving challenges by thinking creatively. These, along with the practical skills gained through planning experiments, processing, analysing, and interpreting data, are skills which are useful for any career.

All the BSc (Hons)/MPhys courses have a common first year with the opportunity to choose your specialisation at the end of that year: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics. You can choose if you want to continue on to the MPhys route at the end of Year 2. If you are planning a career in scientific research, we would strongly recommend the four-year MPhys qualification.  

Facilities

The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees, and enables you to make real astronomical observations.

Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study abroad, either a whole year of study with an approved international partner university, or a project within a collaborating research group, such as in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, or with NASA in the USA.

Graduates of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world and are in particularly high demand for technical and business sectors, where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium. Graduates have found employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories, financial institutions, teaching and scientific journalism.

Accreditation

All of our on-campus courses in Physics and Astrophysics are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and completion leads towards Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. Graduate IOP members can use the letters MInstP after their name.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      four years full-time / five years with industrial placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Astrophysics 
  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Special Relativity and Solid State Physics
  • Practical Physics  - Computing and Experiment
  • Ordinary Differential Equations and Fourier Series

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Our typical offer is 128 UCAS Points including at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.
  • BTEC: Considered with at least one grade A and a grade B in A-level Maths and Physics
  • Pass Access Course: 128 UCAS Points including 15 level 3 credits at Distinction in Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL6 and HL5 in Maths and Physics
  • IELTS: 6.0 
  • GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13700 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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