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University of Kent

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics

UCAS Code: F591
MPhys 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Astronomy
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Grades ABB in three A level including maths (NOT A level Use of Maths) and physics required, including the practical endorsement of any science qualifications taken. Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B.

Scottish Highers

Grades AAABB required from five Higher subjects including A in maths and A in physics Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades ABB in three advanced highers including maths at B and physics at B required Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B.

BTEC Diploma

Considered individually. Needs to include the equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics at B and Physics at grade B

BTEC Certificate

Considered individually. Needs to include the equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics at B and Physics at grade B

BTEC Award

Needs to have equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics and Physics at grade B

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Needs to have equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics and Physics at grade B

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Needs to have equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics and Physics at grade B

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Needs to have equivalent of or be combined with A level Mathematics and Physics at grade B (Engineering including physics and further maths for Engineering technicians may cover this)

International Baccalaureate

34 overall OR 16 at HL including SL maths 6 (not maths studies) or 5 in HL Maths) and Physics 5 in HL or 6 SL plus English HL A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or Eng SL A1/A2/B 5/6/

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


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


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

Kent runs a fantastic programme for students who are inspired by the wonders and vastness of the universe. In this course, there are opportunities to investigate the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. You get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA, and can work on Hubble Telescope data and images from giant telescopes. Astronomy, space science and astrophysics allow us to see the Universe and our place in it. Through studying these subjects mankind has continually enlarged its horizons and explored the cosmos. The subjects continually evolve and change every year based on discoveries by researchers around the world. Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, practised by most of the world's ancient civilisations, and one of the most modern, relying for many recent discoveries on high technology and the space programme. It is an observational science that provides a view of the vast ranges of scales of space, time and physical conditions in the Universe.


Stage 1: Core: astrophysics, space science and cosmology; computing skills; disasters; mathematics; physics; skills for physicists. Stage 2: core: mathematics; multimedia skills for astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science; the multi-wavelength universe and exoplanets; optics and electromagnetism; physics laboratory; quantum physics; spacecraft design and operations. Stage 3: core: image processing; literature review; physics group project; physics project laboratory; relativity, optics and Maxwellâ??s equations; stars, galaxies and the universe; the Sun, the Earth and Mars; thermal and statistical physics.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

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How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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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 86%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
28% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
341 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k LOW
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


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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