PHY-20002 - Stellar Astrophysics
Coordinator: Coel Hellier Room: LJ2.04 Tel: +44 1782 7 34243
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Registration on the second year of a physics/astrophysics degree programme.

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Description for 2022/23

Covers the basics of nuclear and particle physics, and applies these to understanding the nature and evolution of stars.

This module provides an understanding of nuclear and particle physics particularly as it relates to processes occurring in stars, how this drives the evolution of stars, and hence how the elements are created and distributed. You will acquire skills in handling large bodies of complex (astronomical) data, analyse their statistical properties, and use them to advance our scientific knowledge.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate comprehension, grasp and appreciation of physics related to stellar astrophysics: 1,2,3,4
Solve problems related to stellar astrophysics: 1,2,3,4

Study hours

24 hours of lectures
12 hours problem classes
18 hours laboratory work
24 hours laboratory reports and problem sheets
72 hours examination revision and private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 60%
2 hour unseen exam, choice of 4 from 6 questions

2: Tutorial weighted 10%
Assessment based on weekly attendance and engagement
Completing assigned problems on Stellar Astrophysics in three two-hour problem classes, with assistance given as necessary.

3: Problem Sheets weighted 10%
Four problem sheets
Four problem sheets

4: Report weighted 20%
Two laboratory reports
Laboratory report