What students say about astronomy
One of the great things about this course is the amount of opportunities you receive. Not only do you get access to research grade telescopes all over the world, get to travel to other countries to work on telescopes and meet the scientists, you also get to take part in events such as 'Stargazing Live' and 'Astrofest', where you can meet lots of people with the same interests. It is a great way to learn and this is where you realise just how much you have learnt during the course. This really is an enjoyable course, so much so, I hate the summer breaks because I just want to get back to Uni!1st year, University of South Wales
I have about 18 hours of teaching each week, which is good as you have a lot to learn, but doesn't give you much free time. My course is very interesting and challenging, I'd really recommend it. I usually have a couple of assignments a week, and I've done a few essays, project reports and a presentation.1st year, University of Sussex
I study natural sciences (physics / astrophysics) and it's very challenging. Far more mathematical than any other physics degree. I have studied astrophysics this year and it has been by far the most interesting and rewarding year of study I have ever had. Essays don't exist within physics. It is more or less 95% exams. There are some computing practicals and experimental labs which make up the remainder.3rd year, University of Cambridge
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Aerospace design engineer
Other real-life job examples
- Software developer
- Instrumentation engineer
What employers like about this subject
Students on an astronomy degree will gain subject-specific skills including planning, execution and reporting of experiments and data analysis and the relation of that data to theories in physics and astronomy. Transferable skills you can develop will include communication skills, project management, IT skills, time management, team-working, problem solving, data investigation, high-level numeracy and good research skills. Astronomy graduates get jobs in the space, scientific research, IT and finance industries. If you are aiming for a career in research, you will usually need to take a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate) after your first degree and so many astronomy graduates take further degrees.