Astrophysics MPhys

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F521
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Applications considered
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The MPhys Astrophysics is delivered collaboratively by acclaimed experts from the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. An Astrophysics degree has the unique potential to provide students with an understanding of the most up-to-date discoveries in the Universe.

Programme in detail

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. 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.

This four-year Astrophysics 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.

Year abroad

This degree programme now has a Year Abroad option (Astrophysics with a Year Abroad MPhys, UCAS code: F522). The Year Abroad is an incredible new opportunity to spend one academic year at one our partner universities expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You’ll spend this time abroad in between your second and third years of study and your degree will extend by one year.

During the Year Abroad you’ll take a variety of modules. Some modules will be related to the culture, history and society of the country you’re living and others will be discipline-related modules. This mixture means you have a fantastic opportunity to learn in-depth about your host country as well as learn new and exciting knowledge that will complement your degree studies back in Liverpool. Research from Universities UK tells us that students who spend time studying abroad during their degree programme are more likely to be in further education or employment 6 months after graduating, earn higher than average salaries and are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree.

Take a look at the Study Abroad webpages for more information.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

125 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th in the Guardian University League Tables in 2019

Graduate prospects

93% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Facts and figures

The Department of Physics has produced three Nobel Laureates. 
Accreditation
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 students to transfer 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.