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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.
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.
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 are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new lecturers 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 September start - 2024
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.
|Introduction to Programming *
|Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language *
|Algebra and Differential Equations *
|Dynamics, Waves and Heat *
|Electricity, Magnetism and Matter *
|Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (10 Credits) *
|Communication and Technology
|Energy and the Environment
|C and C++
|Practical Research Skills *
|Robotics and Embedded Systems
|Scientific Python *
|Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation
|Stars and Planets
|Fundamentals of Machine Learning
|Physics of Planetary Atmospheres
|Professional Skills in Engineering
|Agile Development and Testing
|Project (40 Credits)
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
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
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 three year degree scheme.
In your first year you may explore:
- computer infrastructure
- modern physics
- classical dynamics.
In your second year you may discover:
- C & C ++ environments
- robotics and embedded systems
- 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.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 112
A Levels BBB - BBC to include B in Physics and B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with B in A level Physics and B in Mathematics
30-28 with 5 points in Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level
75%-65% overall with 7 in Physics and Mathematics
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.