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Loughborough University

Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology

UCAS Code: F3FM
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
Student score
84% MED
84% MED
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
Not Available
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

ABB including Maths and Physics. Practical Science required. Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Majority B grades, in conjunction with Advanced Highers at grades AB in Maths and Physics

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AB in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended Diploma: DDM profile including Distinctions in all Physics and Maths Units

International Baccalaureate
34

34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in Maths and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

If you are fascinated by the universe, our Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology degree is for you. The course provides the opportunity to apply physics knowledge to a description of the Universe and also the opportunity to experience practical astronomy. As well as the practical astronomy that is offered at many UK universities this course offers an unusual emphasis on cosmology. This course also enables students to use our excellent observatory and astronomical equipment in practical classes and projects. In the third year you have the opportunity to take a year out working in paid employment as a scientist in industry (in the UK or abroad). Satisfactory completion of such a â??sandwichâ?? work placement leads to the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). Recent industrial placements have included fibre-optic oil well monitoring and applications of high temperature superconductors and have involved companies and research facilities such as IBM (UK) Ltd, British Gas, Siemens AG (Germany) Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, FZ JÃŒlich (Germany), Institut Laue Langevin Grenoble (France), etc.

Modules

Years 1 and 2: core physics and engineering physics; 2 astronomy modules in Year 1; 2 modules in astrophysics in Year 2. Years 3: astrophysics; astrophysics project; optional modules.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
33%
67%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

22%
78%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
36%
16%

Year 1

60%
26%
14%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

36%
47%
17%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
16% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
360 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

15%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research – in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Sorry, not enough students have taken this subject here before, so we aren't able to show you any information.

Sorry, not enough students have taken this subject here before, so we aren't able to show you any information.

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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study Not Available
Average graduate salary Not Available

Sorry, we don't have any information about graduates from this subject here.

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. 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.
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