MPhys

Space Science and Robotics

Key Facts

Code FH5P
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Mathematics and B in Physics or Computer Science

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Unmanned exploration of the solar system has been one of the outstanding successes of the space age. Most of these spacecraft, obiters, landers and rovers have been either fully commanded-controlled from the Earth or have been controlled by on-board programmes. If you are interested in understanding the challenges to be met in robotic exploration of the solar system and their solutions, then our degree allows you to be immersed in both the fundamentals of computer science and the very latest technological innovations. This degree scheme, one of only a few such courses in the UK, will expose you to the foundations of space exploration and will equip you with the skills that meet the requirements and challenges of the space industry, as well as the planning and development of future space physics and astrophysics missions. By studying this degree, you will be immersed in exciting developments surrounding the subject area, for example the department of Physics at Aberystwyth University are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project. 

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)

Department of Computer Science: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

93% of undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study MPhys Space Science and Robotics at Aberystwyth?

  • 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
  • Learn in state of the art facilities which provides a stimulating learning environment
  • This degree will allow you to develop skills and capabilities sought by the main employers in this discipline and you’ll graduate with the competences necessary to undertake the career you choose
  • The Department also offers a number of modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.
Our Staff

Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

Modules

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.

Fundamentals Of Intelligent Systems
Internet Technologies
Major Project
Advanced Research Topics

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

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Employability

What can I do with a Space Science and Robotics degree?

Our graduates have discovered careers with the space industry and have gone on to specialise in space robotics or a related field of astrophysics or robotics.

Students could also consider these potential careers;

  • Computer programming
  • Systems development
  • Engineering
  • Teaching

On successful completion of this course, other graduates have pursued postgraduate study in the physics field.

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
    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

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 four year degree scheme.

In your first year you may explore:

  • Computer Infrastructure
  • Astronomy
  • Modern Physics
  • Programming
  • Classical Dynamics.

In your second year you may discover:

  • C & C ++ Environments
  • Robotics and Embedded Systems
  • Optics
  • Planets
  • Experimental Physics
  • Scientific Python.

In your third year you will study:

  • Space Robotics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Your major final year project.

In your final year you will:

  • Explore the fundamentals of intelligent systems
  •  Investigate internet technologies
  • Undertake a major project

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.

Further information:

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.

Student Views

I have found my course truly interesting and very rewarding. Undertaking an industrial year has boosted my practical programming skills tenfold, if not more. The lecturers are professional and helpful and the course provides a wide variety of subject knowledge. The first year of the course is a very nice, manageable introduction to the field of computer science. As a student who had no previous experience in the field I was rather tentative when first coming to University, but within a few weeks I had hit the ground running with the implementation of a challenging, yet rewarding project. Daniel William James Drave

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Mathematics and B in Physics or Computer Science

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Mathematics and 5 points in Physics or Computer Science at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 60% in Mathematics and 60% in Physics or Computer Science

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