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Physics with Astrophysics

UCAS Codes: F3F5 (for the BSc), F3FA (for the MPhys)


Astrophysics has a special flavour. With the arrival of space-based instrumentation and gravitational wave detection, some of the most exciting discoveries in your lifetime are likely to come in astrophysics. However, we can’t conduct experiments on stars or galaxies as they’re too far away and too big. Instead we piece together explanations of what we see. This involves understanding the fundamental physics – mechanics, quantum theory, relativity, thermodynamics – and working out what it implies for exoplanets, galaxies, stars and the Universe as a whole.

The course covers the principles of physics and their application to explain astrophysical phenomena. In the first two years, you will study the solar system and the lifecycles of stars and galaxies. In the third and fourth years, you explore cosmology, exoplanets, the physics of compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs), general relativity and our Sun.

You can read the full specification of the individual modules in each year by following the links above.

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