Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
Astrophysics (F510), at Aberystwyth University, incorporates the broad disciplines of Astronomy, including: Cosmology and Galactic Astronomy, the Solar System, Gas Giants and Terrestrial Worlds, Red Giants, White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Quasars and more.
This allows you to cover a broad area of learning and then specialise later in your career. With foundations in the key areas of Physics and Astronomy, taught in a supportive environment, you will also develop the transferable skills required by employers, in this discipline, for education, business and industry.
Department of Physics: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 21% more than Physical Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2017)
Why study Astrophysics at Aberystwyth University?
- On completion of this degree you will leave with accreditation by the IOP (Institute of Physics)
- Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since its foundation and it continues to be an innovative learning experience for all
- You will be taught by experts in their field
- Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene)
Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Algebra and Differential Equations *
- Classical Dynamics *
- Classical Physics *
- Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (20 Credits) *
- Forces and Energy *
- Further Algebra and Calculus
- Modern Physics
- Physics Career Planning and Skills Development *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What can I do with a physics degree?
Our graduates have discovered career paths in:
- Medical Physicist
- Radiation Protection Practitioner
- Research Scientist
Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:
- Systems Developer
- Product Development
- Technical Author
Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills to our students:
• Research and data analysis skills
• Enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• Ability to work independently
• Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• Self-motivation and self-reliance
• Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In the first year you will discover:
- The main branches of classical and modern physics underpinned by the core mathematical disciplines of algebra and calculus
- Computational and experimental physics
- Quantum theory
- The principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields
In your second year you will explore:
- Solar interior
- Planets and planetary atmospheres
- Thermal physics
- Quantum mechanics
- Mathematical physics
- Data handling
In your third year you will investigate:
- Space plasmas
- The solar atmosphere
- The heliosphere alongside condensed matter
- Atoms and molecules
How will I be taught?
We teach our students through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.
We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
I love Astrophysics because the universe is a wondrous feat of reality, arising from the physical law of nature. A complex mixture of energy, mass, gravity, electric and magnetic fields gives rise to life and to the beautiful galaxies that we see in the night sky. Who wouldn't want to study that? Learning about the big picture of the universe instead of being confined to trivial problems in everyday life is character-building and a worthwhile venture. Geoffrey Knott
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject and B in A level Mathematics
28 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level
Pass overall with 60% in Physics and 60% in Mathematics
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org