Astrophysics and Environmental Science - BSc (Hons)

Explore the Universe we live in and discover the science behind the world's environmental crises and the system changes needed to solve these problems. This Astrophysics and Environmental Science BSc will provide you with opportunities to develop practical and transferrable skills enabling you to enter in to a range of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • FF60

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Astrophysics and Environmental Science at Keele University?

Professional accreditation pathways are available
Top 20 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic natural environment to perform fieldwork
Enhance you employability by choosing to gain work experience in environmental science
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics, and the Institution of Environmental Sciences, and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. If you specialise in your final year, you will only be eligible for the accreditation aligned to the subject you have chosen to specialise in.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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David, Astrophysics with Business Management

"As a Fraud Analyst, I use the skills I developed as an astrophysics undergraduate to identify and solve complex problems"

David, Astrophysics with Business Management

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Christopher, Applied Environmental Science and Physics

"Learning about Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was particularly useful with the skills learnt being applied daily in my current job. I enjoyed learning how to perform water quality tests including the methods behind data collection and analysing the results. The field work that I conducted during my degree helped reinforce what I had learnt in lectures and gave me valuable experience that is also applicable to my current job."

Christopher, Applied Environmental Science and Physics

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The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment interactive guided tour

Use the interactive tour to explore Keele's state of the art science facilities and our beautiful living-laboratory campus that we use to enrich your learning experience.

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Astrophysics and Environmental Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Physics module will introduce you to the mathematical skills needed to solve problems in physics at level 3 while studying fundamental equations and concepts in classical physics. In addition, the Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment module will provide knowledge of the basic underlying principles and concepts associated with the origins, evolution and structure of the Earth as a system. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Module

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00215 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00205 Foundations of Physics 15 credits
FYO-00193 Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment 15 credits

Semester Two Module

FYO-00209 Advancing Physics 15 credits
FYO-00231 Advancing Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00195 Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment 30 credits


The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience


  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)


  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Astrophysics with Foundation Year (UCAS code: F513) through UCAS at You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.