Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.
The BSc (Hons) Physics with Astronomy is taught jointly by world-leading academics from the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. The three-year
Physics and Astronomy degree gives students a wide appreciation of the varied astronomical phenomena in the physical Universe.
Programme in detail
From the formation, evolution and deaths of stars (involving planetary systems, nucleosynthesis and supernovae) through structure of galaxies to the evolution of the Universe itself, the degree structure introduces the physics involved in the cosmos. At the end of Year Two, the week-long field trip to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife introduces students to professional observatories.
The three-year Physics and Astronomy degree will equip students with skills relevant for jobs in a wide range of careers, from education, research, finance and the city to industry.
The two-metre aperture Liverpool Telescope located 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.
Work placement/Year in industry
Students who want to gain work experience to enhance their employability can transfer to our Year in Industry option available to all physics-related degree programmes. Candidates should apply to their programme of choice, e.g. BSc Physics (F300) or MPhys Astrophysics (F521), and then can opt-in to the corresponding Year in Industry programme during their first two years of study.
All our programmes have a common mathematics and physics core in the first two years which provides a good measure of flexibility while laying a solid ground for a wealth of choices to work in all most all kind of industrial settings. After those two foundation years, students then work in their chosen industrial setting, learning on-the-job training and experience, before returning to complete their remaining programme of study.
The department of Physics and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance for this optional Year in Industry programme, however, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an appropriate industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and the process as well as the competition to be accepted is a rewarding and real-life challenge. Students who couldn't find a suitable placement offer or like to withdraw from the option will transfer back to the standard version of their programme.
This degree programme now has a Year Abroad option (Physics with Astronomy with a Year Abroad BSc, UCAS code: F3F6). 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
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.
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.