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Physics with Astronomy (MPhys)

Master of Physics
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4 years
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About this course

This MPhys Physics with Astronomy degree covers all aspects of astronomy over 4 years. It will prepare you for a range of careers in physics 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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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