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Physics with Astronomy (with Professional Placement)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Physics with Astronomy (with Professional Placement)

The BSc Physics with Astronomy has an emphasis on astronomy and observational techniques and is ideal for those interested in fundamental questions about our Universe.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this four-year course offers a professional placement year in industry, commerce, government or another placement provider. This valuable experience will give you the opportunity to engage in real-world work environments, using your knowledge to full effect.

The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors that require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving.

In your first two years, you will study a core component of physics and astrophysics modules, delivered to you through a range of teaching methods. In your final year you can study advanced astrophysics and astronomy topics in detail, with additional optional modules. You will also undertake an astrophysics research project.

You will be part of a friendly and welcoming department currently housed in the Queen’s Building complex, which contains a wide variety of purpose-built laboratories, lecture theatres and computing facilities.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB to include B in Mathematics and Physics with (where applicable) a pass in the practical element of the science A level. For applicants taking A Level Maths only (NO PHYSICS), you will require A*BB with A* in A Level Maths. Please note that General Studies are not accepted for entry.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Mathematical Methods for Physicists 1
  • Mechanics and Matter
  • Planet Earth
  • Experimental Physics
  • Electricity, Magnetism and Waves
  • Computational Skills for Problem Solving
  • Mathematical Methods for Physicists 2

Year two

  • The Physics of Fields and Flows
  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics
  • Structured Programming
  • Intermediate Practical Physics
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Optics
  • Synoptic Physics
  • Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics

Year three: Sandwich year


Year four

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Particle Physics and Special Relativity
  • Physics Project

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £10,200 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Studying this course will enable you to acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic employability skills. You will:

  • Develop your experimental, analytical and investigative skills in laboratory classes
  • Learn how to design experimental equipment, electronic circuitry or computer data acquisition or data reduction algorithms
  • Use precise calculations or order-of-magnitude calculations in appropriate situations
  • Use computer packages and/or write software
  • Conduct independent research using source materials such as textbooks, scientific journals and electronic databases
  • Develop your communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Enhance your team-working skills and ability to critically appraise your own work and the work of others
  • Develop your ability to undertake independent learning and effectively manage your time

Career paths

We provide a range of support to help our students to find the career opportunities that suit them best, such as a Careers Adviser who is located part-time in the School, on-site careers fairs and employer visits. We also aim to prepare our students by providing them with the skills they need to succeed in obtaining jobs and feeling confident in their chosen workplace.

The contacts you make and the work experience you gain during your placement year will enhance your CV and may even lead directly to employment or provide enhanced references for other job applications.

Employers included UK and international universities plus a range of organisations such as Rolls Royce, Barclays, Bank of England, Tata Steel, European Space Agency, and Lockheed Martin.

Graduate careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Science Communicator
  • Finance and Banking
  • Airline Pilot
  • Software Engineer
  • Teacher

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Cardiff University

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