(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons) Combined

Learn to formulate and tackle problems in astrophysics – from below the level of the atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Astrophysics is active wherever the laws of physics are being tested to the limit – and beyond.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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Astrophysics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Astrophysics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Course Overview

Keele will help you to use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop theories explaining some of the most complex phenomena.

You’ll develop your mathematics and computing skills, and apply them to solving a range of problems in the laboratory and beyond (you’ll have access to Keele’s own on-site observatory). We operate an open-door policy, which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on their work. This course is enriched by our research interests and international collaborative research programmes. This combined course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

What will this mean for my future?

An Astrophysics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to astrophysics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services, including teaching, health and finance.

Many employers recognise that the versatility and flexibility of astrophysics means that graduates possess a wide range of very valuable skills, from independent and critical thinking to the solving of sophisticated problems.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Stellar Structure

Second year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Stellar Astrophysics

Third year

  • Group Project and Science Communication
  • Electromagnetism
  • Dissertation
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules
  • Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  • Life in the Universe
  • Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics
  • Data Analysis and Model Testing
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Plasma Physics
  • Cosmology


Astrophysics is a Combinined Honours degree, meaning it must be combined with another subject. For 2018 entrants, Astrophysics is offered in the following combinations: