• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The MPhys Astrophysics programme at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is assessed by a combination of written examinations, assignments, laboratory logbooks and reports, project report and presentations.

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

The MPhys individual project provides an introduction to research and lasts a whole semester in the final year. This takes the place of the normal BSc project and may be undertaken abroad within a collaborating research group (such as Florence, Italy, South Africa or NASA).

The Masters MPhys course allows students to study to a greater depth than is possible on the Bachelors course, and takes and extra year to complete. You enrol onto the MPhys course in the first instance and can decide between BSc (Hons) and MPhys after the initial years of the course, taking into account your achievements and career aspirations. You will study six modules per year, making a total of 18 modules for the BSc and 24 modules for the MPhys.

The staff who teach on these courses are all members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy. They all have doctoral research degrees and come from diverse and international backgrounds. Research interests include: solar physics; stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astrophysics; cosmology and large-scale structure; computational astrophysics; acoustics; optics and photonics; magnetic materials; condensed matter; and computational molecular modelling.

Future Opportunities

Progression onto the MPhys programmes is possible from any of the BSc (Hons) programmes in Physics and Astrophysics, subject to suitable academic performance.

Each summer, UCLan offers a programme of Undergraduate Research Internships, and our MPhys students have been very successful in gaining these. Also, each year there are opportunities for students to apply for travel bursaries. Recent trips include South Africa, China, and Hawaii. There is also the possibility to study a year abroad at one of UCLan’s international partner institutions.

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.

Many of our MPhys graduates go on to further study, such as a PhD, or MSc degrees in a range of topics in physics and engineering. Some choose to train in teaching (PGCE), or find work in industry or government laboratories. An MPhys degree is a highly employable qualification.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time: Typically 6 years depending on rate of study.

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”)
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Applied Physics and Linear Systems
  • Functions, Vectors, and Calculus
  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars
  • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

  • Our typical offer is 128 UCAS Points including B in Physics and Maths. 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 Maths and Physics
  • Pass Access Course: 128 UCAS Points including 15 level 3 credits at D in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL5 Maths and Physics.
  • GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13450 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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Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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