Physics with Astrophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

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.

Why study Physics at Bristol?

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.

Accreditation

This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

First year
  • Core physics, including oscillations, waves and fields, mechanics and matter, laboratory work, mathematics
  • Astronomy, including stars and planets, galaxies and the universe
Second year
  • Quantum mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computing and science presentational skills
Third year
  • Galaxies, high energy astrophysics, stellar structure, particle physics
  • Core physics:
    • semiconductors and magnetism
    • electrons in crystals
    • quantum physics
  • Skills for science
  • One of:
    • Research project
    • dissertation
    • Physics Education unit in partnership with a school
    • industrial group project.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    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).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including Mathematics and Physics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Mathematics and Physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
  • BTEC: DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade C or above in English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

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

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.