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Physics with Astronomy (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 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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 246.5 KB).

Location and awarding body

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

Transfer between courses

Our invite-only flagship astrophysics course is open to our top-performing students. This 4-year programme lets you study the basic physical processes that explore the nature and evolution of the universe. Places are limited and you can compete for a position at the end of your second year.