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Overview

In this Physics with Astronomy and Space Science (Hons) at University College Dublin, students gain an understanding of how ground-based and space-based technologies are used to explore the universe. 

Astronomers pursue knowledge and understanding of the underlying processes at work in the universe through physics. The core of the degree is therefore an Institute of Physics accredited honours BSc qualification.

Students gain hands-on experience using professional astronomical telescopes, including UCD’s ‘Watcher’ robotic telescope in South Africa. Space instrumentation and data analysis, including programming, form part of the laboratory training.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The space sector demands a highly skilled workforce. There are opportunities for graduates to work with major space agencies, such as ESA and NASA, or with space companies. Since the Physics with Astronomy & Space Science degree is an accredited Physics degree, graduates are also qualified to go into medical physics, meteorology, semiconductor technology, energy, ICT and finance.

Graduates may apply for MSc programmes such as Space Science & Technology. They may also pursue research through PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad in many fields of physics.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Astronomy & Space Science
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    63

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

International applicants are required to present with 

IB 29 with Maths requirement (Standard Level 6 or Higher Level 4) and Lab Science Requirement (Standard Level 4 or Higher Level 3)

OR 

A Level (ABB / BBBD / BBB + D AS Level or equivalent combination) with Maths requirement (GCSE A or A Level D or AS Level C) and Lab Science requirement (GCSE A or A Level D or AS Level C).

Please refer to country-specific requirements and comprehensive English language requirements via our UCD Global website.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Student excellence and achievement are recognised in UCD through a wide variety of scholarships and awards, which celebrate the diverse talents of our students. Many of these awards are highly regarded by employers and industry. 

To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, UCD is pleased to offer a number of Global Excellence Scholarships to international students. 

These scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit and offered by country and/or by discipline. Students need to hold an offer before they can apply for a scholarship. Full terms and conditions apply. 

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.

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