Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Our students often say their enthusiasm to study Physics stems from a wanting to learn about the Higgs particle, dark matter, nanotechnology or just a wide'ranging curiosity about how things really work. Whatever your reasons, our Physics department aims to inform and excite you in the study of Physics, the most fundamental of the sciences.

On our three'year Astrophysics BSc, you’ll come to understand new concepts and paradigms, developing the deep conceptual framework that will allow an advanced understanding and appreciation of nature. You’ll develop core Physics concepts, including classical physics, quantum phenomena as well as mathematical and experimental skills.

Unlike solid'state physics (as with the Physics BSc) the emphasis will shift to astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, and in later years you’ll cover topics such as Stellar Astrophysics and Atomic & Nuclear Physics.

We teach Physics in an accessible and rigorous style through small group tutorials, problem solving classes, lectures, laboratory and computing assignments, teamwork, and one'to'one teaching in our laboratories. So you’ll always have a close'knit support system around you.

The department is research'intensive, so our teaching is informed by the most up'to'date research. We have world'class research laboratories devoted to the search for Dark Matter, building next generation particle accelerators and enabling discoveries in nanophysics, quantum devices, ultralow temperatures, superconductors, new materials and other frontiers. Students study in our research laboratories in their final year.

On our roof we have an astronomical observatory dedicated to undergraduate study.

+ We place a real emphasis on small group teaching – a close'knit, friendly and supportive environment with high staff'student ratio and an open door policy.

+ We enjoy a strong track record of high student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey.

+ We’ve been awarded IOP Juno Champion and Athena SWAN silver awards for best practice in equality, promoting women in science and welcoming large cohorts of female students.

+ Our research'intensive department based at our Surrey campus – well away from the light pollution of the big city – allows our telescopes to provide the best observational astronomy in the University of London.

+ We also have close ties with, and conduct research at major international laboratories such as CERN, ISIS and Diamond, plus collaborations with SEPnet and other major institutions around the world.

+ This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP)

Course Modules

Mathematics for Scientists 1, Mathematics for Scientists 2, Scientific Skills 1, Scientific Skills 2, Classical Mechanics, Fields and Waves, Classical Matter, Physics of the Universe, Mathematical Methods, Scientific Computing Skills, Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Electromagnetism, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics, Astronomy, The Solid State

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £15,600 Overseas Fees