About this course
This degree covers all aspects of astronomy over 4 years. It will prepare you for a fascinating career as an astronomer, or fuel a life-long passion for the subject if you choose a different profession. As well as investigating awe-inspiring astronomical events, you’ll study advanced physics. You’ll be taught by academics directly involved in world-leading research.
You’ll study in our labs and clean rooms and use our on-site rooftop observatory, equipped with 2 high-spec telescopes and CCD detectors for astronomy imaging.
There will also be a chance to spend a week using research-grade telescopes at an observatory in Tenerife.
You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of:
the make-up, dynamics and environment of galaxies
white dwarfs, black holes and neutron stars
how radiation is produced and detected in a cosmic setting
the space environment and space weather
concepts of modern cosmology, including dark matter
If you’re a high-performing student, you may also be invited to join our flagship Astrophysics with a Year Abroad programme. This 4-year, MPhys Masters course offers a unique opportunity to conduct research at the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Boston, USA. It is the world’s largest centre for the study of the universe.
Physics also offers an academic scholarship scheme worth up to £20,000, plus an unconditional offer based on a competitive exam taken at applicant visit days.
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.