BSc

Space Science and Robotics

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Key Facts

Code FH56
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Mathematics and B in Physics or Computer Science. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Space Science and Robotics, at Aberystwyth University, is one of only a few such courses in the UK.

You will be exposed to the foundations of space exploration and equipped 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. You will also be immersed in both the fundamentals of Computer Science and the very latest technological innovations.

By studying this degree, you will be immersed in exciting developments surrounding the subject area, for example the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Physics: 90% student satisfaction for the subject of Physics and Astronomy (NSS 2018

93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, in line with the figure for Physical Science graduates nationally, also 93% (HESA 2018*)

Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Space Science and Robotics at Aberystwyth University?

  • 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
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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Astronomy PH18010 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10
Forces and Energy * PH11120 20
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20
Introduction to Programming * CS12020 20
Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (10 Credits) * PH15510 10
Modern Physics PH14310 10
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
C and C++ CS23820 20
Planets PH28510 10
Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation PH24520 20
Experimental Physics * PH25520 20
Optics PH22010 10
Robotics and Embedded Systems CS26020 20
Scientific Python * CS24420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Concepts in Condensed Matter Physics * PH32410 10
Ionospheres & Magnetospheres PH39510 10
Major Project * CS39440 40
Numerical Methods PH36010 10
Planetary Neutral Atmospheres PH38510 10
Semiconductor Technology PH33610 10
Space Robotics CS36510 10
Ubiquitous Computing CS35710 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Agile Methodologies CS31310 10
Computer Vision CS34110 10
Machine Learning CS36110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

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
  • 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 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 final year you will study and undertake:

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

Your personal tutor

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.

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

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in Mathematics and B in Physics or Computer Science. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

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

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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