The University of Southampton

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

You’ll be studying within a leading Physics and Astronomy department; 99 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course in the latest National Student Survey (2017).

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.

Why not find out more about this degree from a current student?

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 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 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

99 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017)

We rank third for overall satisfaction in Physics and Astronomy out of all UK Higher Education Institutes (NSS 2017)

We are in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017)

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

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Our degrees open the door to a range of jobs – our graduates go into careers in areas as diverse as broadcasting, business, teaching, research and medical physics

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
A Level

AAA, inlcuding AA in Mathematics and Physics.

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

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

When you graduate with a MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree from the University of Southampton, you’ll be able to go into a wide range of roles. Our recent graduates are working in careers ranging from astrophysics, meteorology and software engineering, through to marketing, finance and teaching.

As part of the MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree you’ll learn key transferable skills, including analytical thinking, mathematical modelling, clear presentation and computing. We also teach a second year careers module, which will include employer talks, information on work experience opportunities, and CV writing and interview support.

There are also many opportunities to complete a placement at Southampton, either locally or abroad.

Find out more about the careers support available within Physics and Astronomy.

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Learning & Assessment

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study39%34%23%18%
Independent study61%66%77%82%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment44%59%66%70%
Practical exam assessment18%8%3%1%
Coursework assessment38%33%31%29%

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 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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