Physics with Astronomy (with Professional Placement)
The MPhys Physics with Astronomy has an emphasis on astronomy and observational techniques and is ideal for those interested in fundamental questions about our Universe.
The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of physics and astronomy as well as gaining a wide range of mathematical and computational skills.
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this five-year program goes into greater depth than the BSc course, allowing you to further develop your sophisticated knowledge of the subject.
Studying alongside internationally respected physicists whose work is providing the basis for revolutionary innovations, you will be part of an exciting and friendly environment and have access to state-of-the-art apparatus, including lasers, X-ray sources and electronics.
This program includes a professional placement year in industry, commerce, government or another relevant placement provider approved by the University which will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in the field.
The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors which require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving.
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.
Typical A level offer
AAA-AAB 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*AB-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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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.
- 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
- The Physics of Fields and Flows
- Introductory Quantum Mechanics
- Structured Programming
- Intermediate Practical Physics
- Thermal and Statistical Physics
- Synoptic Physics
- Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
Year three: Sandwich year
- 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 based around general employability. 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
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, European Space Agency, National Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Tata Steel, and Barclays.
- Research Scientist
- Data Analyst
- Science Communicator
- Finance and Banking
- Airline Pilot
- Software Engineer
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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