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F3FM MPhys Physics with Astronomy (4 Years)

Our four-year MPhys with Astronomy (with a year abroad) degree is available to our top MPhys students and includes relocation to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This course includes broad study in astrophysical research, including star and planet formation, cosmology and extreme astronomical objects.

Introducing your degree

Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Astronomy (with year abroad) is available to our first-class MPhys students who will be given the opportunity to spend their final year immersed in research at the world-renowned Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, USA.

Programme Overview

The MPhys Physics with Astronomy (with year abroad) will build upon the MPhys Particle Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of astronomy. This flagship programme is intended for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD. We aim to give you the skills and experience that will put you ahead of your peers.

Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first-class students – typically you will move into the programme in your second year. Your courses will then be carefully coordinated to fast track you in three years to the frontier of knowledge in physics and astronomy.

In your final year, you will relocate to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Center combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of the basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. Broad programmes of astrophysical research touch on almost all major topics in astronomy including:

  • star and planet formation
  • cosmology
  • extreme astronomical objects

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

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAA, including AA 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.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

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:

By invitation only, to students with best grades on the MPhys with Astronomy programme who have achieved at least a first class grade in their second year, and completed the Tenerife Field Trip. Limited to maximum of 5 students.

Modules

Year 1

Year 1, Semester 2

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Year 2

Year 2, Semester 1
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS2003
Quantum Physics
PHYS2013
Galaxies
PHYS2022
Physics from Evidence I
PHYS2023
Wave Physics

Year 2, Semester 2
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS2001
Electromagnetism
PHYS2006
Classical Mechanics
PHYS2024
Quantum Physics of Matter
Compulsory Modules
PHYS2011
Design and Observation in Astronomy


Year 3

Year 3, Semester 1
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS3004
Crystalline Solids
PHYS3008
Atomic Physics
PHYS3011
Photons in Astrophysics
PHYS6005
Cosmology and the Early Universe

Year 3, Semester 2


Year 4

Year 4, Full Academic Year
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS6013
Research Thesis - Astrophysics


Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture.   We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching. 

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from medical physics, scientific journalism, teaching, law and medical research.

Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

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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