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Astrophysics with Year Abroad (MPhys)

Master of Physics
Typical offer
AAA-AABView full entry requirements
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

This specialist course offers an unrivalled opportunity to study astrophysics with a year abroad. You'll spend your fourth year on a research project at the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Boston, USA. We are the only UK university that partners with Harvard in this way.

This flagship course is offered to the best students on our MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree at the end of year 2.

Another feature is a 2-week field trip to Tenerife where you’ll take part in a space mission design project.

You’ll also spend a week at an observatory learning to use high-spec telescopes.

As part of your course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of:

  • the make-up, dynamics and environment of galaxies

  • the life cycle of stars

  • how radiation is produced and detected in a cosmic setting

  • the space environment and space weather

  • concepts of modern cosmology, including the nature of dark matter

You’ll also learn the science behind powerful phenomena such as white dwarfs, black holes and neutron stars, the evolution of the universe, the formation of galaxies and space weather.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 235.68 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

Students on the MPhys Physics with Astronomy course can apply to transfer to this course at the end of year 2.