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MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

55%

Subjects
  • Astronomy
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£27.1k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

Physics and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
DDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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

55%

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

Astrophysics makes demands across a broad frontier of technologies: materials science, optics and electronics. This programme teaches students to apply their knowledge of physics to astronomical observation and to the interpretation of the data and images obtained. The four-year programme offers an additional year of study on top of the Astrophysics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking advanced optional courses, and undertaking a research project.

Modules

Year 1 examples: Thermal physics; practical skills 1A; waves, optics and acoustics; practical skills 1C. Year 2 examples: Practical astrophysics 2A; electricity and magnetism; quantum physics; mathematical methods III. Year 3 examples: The physics and evolution of stars; cosmology and extragalactic astronomy; interstellar physics; astronomical spectroscopy. Year 4: Astronomy project.

UCL (University College London)

Main campus

Welcome to University College London, the capital's leading multi-disciplinary university with 8,000 staff and 25,000 students. Our university is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of our times. We have a global reach - almost two-thirds of our student body come from outside the UK, from 150 countries. UCL today is a true academic powerhouse.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

36%
64%

Year 3

24%
76%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
64%
23%
13%

Year 1

79%
21%

Year 2

56%
44%

Year 3

58%
36%
6%

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 80%
Student score 76% LOW
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

73%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

51%

Feedback on work has been prompt

46%

Staff are good at explaining things

85%

Received sufficient advice and support

62%

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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
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
32% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
36% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
507 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £27.1k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

13%

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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