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Cardiff University

Astrophysics

UCAS Code: F510

Master of Physics - MPhys

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A*,B,B

AAA-AAB for applicants taking A Level Maths and Physics. For applicants taking A Level Maths only (NO PHYSICS) A*BB with A* in A Level Maths.

Extended Project

A

For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

IB 36-34 including 6 in HL Maths and Physics, or 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Maths and Physics. Applicants taking Higher Level Maths will be considered (without Higher Level Physics) with grade 7 in Higher Level Maths.

DD plus grade A* in Maths A-Level (some BTEC subjects may also require Physics A-level) OR D plus grades AB in A-level Maths and Physics. Science/Engineering-related if accompanied by Maths A-level. ALL if accompanied by Maths and Physics A-level.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A-A,A,B

To include A Levels in Maths and Physics. All offers will exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

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136-168

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78%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Astrophysics

The MPhys Astrophysics degree covers core physical and mathematical concepts with a clear focus on our interpretation of the Universe. The course is designed to give a thorough education in theoretical aspects of physics and astrophysics and an understanding of observational astronomy.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this four-year programme is designed for those wishing to study astrophysics in greater depth than the three year BSc allows.

The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors which require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving.

You will be part of a friendly and welcoming department currently housed in the Queen’s Building complex, which contains a wide variety of purpose-built laboratories, lecture theatres and computing facilities.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:
•The opportunity to learn in a department which has a strong commitment to research and is home to one of the UK’s largest Astronomy research groups
•The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery
•A large research project in your final year
•Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work in the School’s laboratory facilities
•An emphasis on independent learning

The course contains all the core content required for the degree to be accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,500
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£20,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Physics and Astronomy

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Astronomy

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Astronomy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer - often overseas - every year, you will need a doctorate — so at least a third of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market - their good technical, data and maths skills taking them into IT and business especially. However, if you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Astrophysics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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