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F3FM MPhys with Astronomy (4 Years)

Our four-year MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree gives a more advanced understanding of high-energy astronomy and compact objects with the opportunity for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory, Tenerife. Key areas covered include the physics of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

Introducing your degree

Physics and astronomy are dynamic subjects that are continually being developed by new discoveries and innovations.

You will be taught by research active physicists who have an outstanding international reputation in their research areas.

Overview

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Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Astronomy will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of high-energy astronomy and the study of compact objects.

Key areas of study include:

  • physics of the solar system
  • stellar evolution
  • galaxies
  • cosmology

You will cover topics such as solar flares, white dwarfs, black holes and quasars.

In the second year, our top students have the opportunity to visit Tenerife for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory.

In your final year, you will study specialist topics at an advanced level and to acquire key generic and research scientific skills. You will also get involved with cutting-edge research projects, which often involve working with the latest results from international observatories.

View the programme specification document for this course

 

Accreditation

Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

Southampton is ranked in the top 20 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide 2015

We are in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings 2016)

100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

97 per cent of students were satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2015)

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

For direct entry to all our three or four year degree courses, we require three subjects at A level, grades AAA, with A grades in Mathematics and Physics.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate

If you are taking IB, we require 36 points, 18 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics and Physics.

Alternative qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

International applicants:

We welcome applications from international students. Visit our international site for more information about our international student community, support and how to apply.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code: F3FM Course title: MPhys Physics with Astronomy Course duration: 4 years

Modules

Career Opportunities

At Southampton MPhys programmes are designed around problem-based learning rather than simple knowledge transfer, helping you to understand the core principles of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism.  Your interpretations of these will shape your own theories about the universe. 

This Astronomy combination specialises in high-energy astronomy and the study of compact objects.  It also includes stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology, and a field trip to Tenerife in year two.

Southampton degree programmes are structured to offer a broad amount of choice, while ensuring an overall coherence to your individual selections.

All our courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and the department is one of just five in the UK to be consistently ranked as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

First-class MPhys students will have the chance to spend their final year immersed in a research environment.  Astronomers may attend the Harvard Smithsonian Institute in the USA.  Limited places on these programmes are open through competition to our top students at the end of the second year.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Design and Observation in Astronomy (PHYS2011)
The field trip component takes place over two consecutive weeks within the Easter break, at the premises of the University of La Laguna, Tenerife and at the Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife. While the field trip is heavily subsidised by the faculty, a student contribution to the costs is required; in academic year 2016-17, this is £450 per student. Flight costs, all local travel costs in Spain, and all hotel accommodation costs during the week in La Laguna, all costs of staying at the residencia at the observatory, as well as all food costs during week 2 at the observatory are included. The only unavoidable additional costs students will incur in Spain are food costs during the day in the first week. Any student who genuinely cannot afford to pay the student contribution for some reason should contact the course co-ordinator to discuss this privately.

European Dimension in Space (PHYS2030)
The one-week field trip component takes place within the Easter break, at the premises of the University of La Laguna, Tenerife. While the field trip is heavily subsidised by the faculty, a student contribution to the costs is required. Flight costs, all local travel costs in Spain, and all hotel accommodation costs are included. The only unavoidable costs students will incur in Spain are food costs during the day. Any student who genuinely cannot afford to pay the student contribution for some reason should contact the course co-ordinator to discuss this privately. For students taking this module in AY 2016/17, the cost will be £275.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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