UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Astrophysics makes demands across a broad frontier of technologies: materials science, optics and electronics. This programme teaches students to apply their knowledge of physics to astronomical observation and to the interpretation of the data and images obtained. The four'year programme offers an additional year of study on top of the Astrophysics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking advanced optional courses, and undertaking a research project.

Course Modules

Year 1 examples: Thermal physics; practical skills 1A; waves, optics and acoustics; practical skills 1C. Year 2 examples: Practical astrophysics 2A; electricity and magnetism; quantum physics; mathematical methods III. Year 3 examples: The physics and evolution of stars; cosmology and extragalactic astronomy; interstellar physics; astronomical spectroscopy. Year 4: Astronomy project.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £22,380  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • GCE A-level AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 80%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 90%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 35
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 20
Unknown 5

31% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 64%

Total Coursework: 28%

Total Practical: 8%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation