An Astrophysics degree has the unique potential to provide students with an understanding of the most up-to-date discoveries in the Universe.
During the programme, students will be introduced to all aspects of physics and astronomy from quantum mechanics to cosmology. In Year Two, there is a week-long field trip to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, where students make astronomical measurements at a professional observatory. Offered in conjunction with the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University, this four-year degree will equip students with skills relevant for further study of the universe at postgraduate research level as well as for jobs in a wide range of careers.
Programme in detail
Core physics modules include: Newtonian dynamics; Wave phenomena; The material universe; Working with physics; Practical physics; Maths for physics; Electromagnetism; Condensed matter; Quantum and atomic physics; Nuclear physics and Particle physics.
There are also modules on: Astronomy fundamentals; Astronomical techniques; Stellar astrophysics; Galaxies and Cosmology. Advanced modules include: Computational astrophysics; Communication of astrophysical ideas; Chaos theory and Dynamical astronomy.
The two-metre Aperture Liverpool Telescope sited on La Palma in the Canaries, which is the largest robotically controlled telescope in the world, will provide you with unique access to observations from a major research facility when you undertake a research project in your final year.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
131 Year One undergraduates in 2017
UK league tables
Ranked 11th for Physics in the Guardian University Guide 2018
Facts and figures
The Department of Physics has produced three Nobel Laureates.
Our programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics which means they satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Physicist status.
Why this subject?
Create a degree to suit you
Explore and apply fundamental principles that underpin modern physics, from electrodynamics and semiconductors to the startling conclusions of relativity and quantum mechanics. Our flexible programmes allow the transfer of students up to the end of Year Two between any of the physics programmes.
Be part of a supportive community working together to do great science
Our open-door approach enables us to offer you a friendly and supportive learning environment.
Prepare for your professional career
All of our BSc and MPhys programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics, and our specialist programmes such as Physics with Nuclear Science and Physics with Medical Applications provide skill sets necessary for these growing sectors.
Be at the forefront of modern physics
There are opportunities to work alongside our internationally renowned academics at projects at the LHC at CERN and in many international and national research centres in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and many European countries.
Learn in our award-winning facilities
Teaching takes place in our £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories, which have transformed the way in which physical sciences are taught at the University.