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Astrophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #236 (QS) ,
On this course you will develop a sound understanding of classical physics and quantum physics with a particular emphasis on astrophysics and cosmology. You will also acquire a wide range of transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers. The Astrophysics programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London.


The Astrophysics programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London.

During the first two years you will advance your mathematical ability as well as enhancing your experimental, computing and communication skills. Exploring a variety of topics at the forefront of current research including particle physics and cosmology, you will gain a greater understanding of the applications of subjects such as astrophysics and atomic and nuclear physics.

In the third year an individual project will allow you to build a useful portfolio of research techniques.

This challenging and stimulating course will equip you with the skills required for a wide variety of careers ranging from teaching and scientific research to work in the financial services sector.

Why choose this course?
  • You will benefit from exceptional teaching quality – we are consistently near the top of the league tables.
  • The course offers reasonable class sizes with a focus on small group teaching and good access to your lecturers.
  • You will enjoy a friendly and informal atmosphere.
  • You will discuss physics and learn from each other in a supportive learning environment.
  • We are known for internationally top-class research at the cutting edge of particle physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, experimental quantum computing, quantum matter at low temperatures, theoretical physics and biophysics.
Employability & career opportunities

Highly advanced numerical skills and the ability to solve a wide range of problems are among the most sought-after skills in today’s competitive job market. Your knowledge of physics coupled with your analytical, numerical and technical skills will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers.

In recent years our graduates have entered many different careers including scientific research and teaching, as well as gaining jobs in computing, financial services, accountancy and defence solutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Contemporary Astrophysics
  • Extragalactic Astronomy
  • General Relativity

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA-AAB including Maths and Physics at grade A
  • GCSE: At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Royal Holloway charges an annual fee for all undergraduate courses. The fee varies depending on whether you’re an UK resident, living in Europe or applying from outside the European Union.

Government grants & loans
Along with the scholarships and bursaries provided by Royal Holloway, you can apply for financial support from the Government to help cover the costs of studying and living during your undergraduate degree course.
Future Leaders Scholarships

Three scholarships, one per Faculty, awarded each academic year to new undergraduate students with Home/EU fee status. These scholarships cover the full tuition fee for three years of undergraduate study at Royal Holloway.

Scholarships are assigned as tuition fee waivers equivalent to the full annual Home/ EU tuition fee and are disbursed over three years of study at Royal Holloway.

You need to complete an online Scholarship Application Form before the deadline: 8 March 2016 (5pm UK time).

Before starting your application, please ensure that you have read the Application Guidelines and the eligibility criteria associated with the scholarship you are applying for.
Financial support
At Royal Holloway we know that managing your finances can be a difficult part of being a student so we'll do all we can to help you out to make sure your time at university is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Student Financial Advice

The Student Finance and Funding Advisers, based in Support and Advisory Services, are available if you find yourself in financial difficulty. They are able to offer advice and guidance on financial matters, including how to put together a budget for your studies.

They administer a number of funds including the Principal's Loan fund and Hardship Funds. They can also provide advise to assist you in locating funding opportunities from charities or organisations that are able to distribute money to students.
Principal's Loan Fund

Royal Holloway can provide loans of up to £500 if you end up in short-term financial difficulty and to assist in cash flow problems. This may include a late student loan payment, delayed funds from parents or postponed money from abroad.

It is an interest-free loan, which is repaid by an agreed date.
(Please note, loans usually take a minimum of three working days to be credited to your bank account.)
Hardship Funds
The hardship fund is available to students with an additional financial need.
If you have already received your maximum entitlement of student loan, you may be eligible for help.

Please note, there is also limited funding available to Overseas students.

Applications will be considered throughout the academic year while funds are still available. Priority is given to mature students, those with childcare costs, disabled students and those from a low-income background.

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