Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
This Astrophysics Degree (F510) at Aberystwyth University incorporates the broad disciplines of astronomy that include cosmology and galactic astronomy, the solar system, gas giants and terrestrial worlds, red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and quasars amongst others, allowing you to cover a broad area of learning and enabling you to specialise later in your career. With foundations in the key areas of physics and astronomy you will develop the essential core and transferable skills required by employers in this discipline that include education, business, and industry.
Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Physics and Astronomy (NSS 2016)
100% student satisfaction for our Astrophysics degree scheme (NSS 2016)
Department of Physics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
92% of undergraduates who graduated from the Department of Physics in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Course Content
- Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Student Views
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.
Year 1 Core (120 Credits) Students must take the following modules. You may choose a Welsh medium (FG or MT) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (PH, MA, MP) module
Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010
Forces Of Nature PH11120
Physics Career Planning And Skills Development PH12910
Modern Physics PH14310
Introduction To Computational And Experimental Physics PH15720
Year 1 Options Welsh medium alternative modules
Year 2 Core (120 Credits) Students take the following core modules: You may choose a Welsh medium (FG) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (PH, MP) module
Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules
Ffiseg Mathemategol FG26020
Ffiseg Arbrofol FG25520
Year 3 Core (120 Credits) Students must take the following core modules. You may choose a Welsh medium(FG) alternative module(see below) instead of an English(PH) module, and take FG34410 instead of a specialist Astrophysics module subject to approval by the Degree Scheme co-ordinator
Year 3 Options Welsh medium alternative modules:
Prosiect (40 Credyd) FG37500
Prosiect (40 Credyd) FG37540
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 instill these skills to our students;
• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the 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
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
What will I learn?
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
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