First-year astronomy studies include astronomical techniques and astrophysical phenomena. Second year studies include cosmology. In your third year you work on more advanced topics in astrophysics, such as high-energy astrophysics, which aims to make clear the relationship between the energetic particles and photons that reach the Earth and energetic phenomena in distant astronomical objects.
In the final year you can choose to undertake a dissertation or project, or gain experience of physics education through a teaching and mentoring scheme with science teachers in local schools.
Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker.
Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. You can normally transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach.
A thorough grounding in physics will equip you well whichever degree you choose - and you may choose to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project, or to study physics at a partner university in Europe.
In addition to your degree, you could get involved in communicating science via Discover Science days and school visits.
Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, who also awarded us Juno status in recognition of our best practice and contribution to the representation of women in physics. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN award.
CHAOS, the physics students' society, has been awarded 'best student society' by the University of Bristol Students' Union.
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Minimum required score:
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.Take IELTS test
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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