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Astrophysics (MPhys)

  • F510

4 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The MPhys in Astrophysics enables you to explore the subjects in greater depth than is possible on a three-year course. It covers the core physical and mathematical concepts, but also focuses on our interpretation of the Universe. This programme is designed to give you a broad physics education and a thorough grounding in physical principles, mathematical methods, computing, statistics and observational techniques - subjects that are increasingly important in a technological society. The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff boasts impressive facilities and instruments including an astronomical observatory on site, a half-metre optical telescope, a solar telescope and a 3-m radio telescope.

Students studying Astrophysics

Key Facts

UCAS Code F510
Duration 4 years
How to apply
Accreditation Institute of Physics
Typical places available The School admits 120 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 550-600
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer AAA-ABB
Admissions Tutors Dr Chris North
Tel Number 029 2087 0537
Email address
School website

In each of your first and second years, you will study a core component of modules while still having the opportunity to select either an option module from within the School or a free-standing module from the many offered by other Schools within the University. The first year ensures that you have a thorough basis on which to study in future years. It will consolidate the work you will have done before university and extend your knowledge across a broad range of Physics subjects. There are some optional modules with the majority being compulsory core modules. The second year of the programme continues to build on the core physics material and extends the range of choice available through the optional modules. You will undertake a 20-credit module called ‘Observational Techniques in Astronomy’. The module introduces the theory and practice of making and interpreting astronomical observations and provides the necessary skills to undertake your astronomy or astrophysics research project in your third year.

The intention of the School of Physics and Astronomy is to provide students with an in-depth education over a broad range of widely applicable skills.  Teaching is carried out using a wide range of different techniques.  There are the traditional lectures, tutorials and laboratory work and, in addition, there are computer-based courses, project-based courses, skills-based courses and the opportunity to attend a residential course in mid-Wales.

There is a wide variety of assessment methods.  Some modules are assessed purely by an end of semester exam (in January or May), some combine continual assessment with an end of semester exam and others are all continual assessment.

Students are assigned an Academic and Personal Tutor. Personal tutors are there to advise on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner. You will meet with your academic tutor once a week in the first year to discuss any study-related issues. You will also receive your marked coursework back with feedback during your tutorial.

Typical A-level Offer  AAA-ABB, must include Physics and Mathematics at A- level
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades AA in Physics and Mathematics at A- level
Typical Int Bacc Offer  32-34 points with 6 in Higher Level Physics and Maths

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

In 2010, 50% of the School’s graduates were in professional employment within six months of graduation while a further 33% were engaged in further study with others taking time out to travel etc. Employers included: UK and international universities plus organisations such as the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Oclaro Technology and the Ministry of Defence. Career destinations included: lecturer, research scientist, research development leader, medical physicist.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Chris North  

Telephone: 029 2087 0537 



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