Physics with Astrophysics (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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

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

Course Overview

Physics/Astrophysics at Keele was ranked #1 in 2016 for student satisfaction amongst UK Physics and Astronomy courses, achieving the highest rankings specifically for the ability and accessibility of staff, the quality of feedback on student work and the course organisation.

Physics with Astrophysics students at Keele learn to apply their knowledge to scenarios that push the fundamental laws of physics to their extremes.

Astrophysicists seek to understand the universe, from its smallest constituents to the largest possible scales. The language of our universe is physics and mathematics; our Physics with Astrophysics students study these, along with computational and statistical techniques, and apply what they learn to tackling problems as diverse as stellar interiors, galaxies, black holes and the evolution of the universe itself. Along the way, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of physics and the essential ability to plan investigations, analyse results and to report and present your work.

Your course will be informed by the research interests of staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics, all of whom contribute to the teaching programme. Regular laboratory sessions, including access to our own on-campus observatory, enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and develop valuable transferable skills such as scientific writing and programming. We operate an open-door policy that gives excellent and flexible access to staff in seeking advice and feedback.

Single Honours Physics with Astrophysics goes beyond the Dual Honours Astrophysics programme, both in terms of breadth and depth, with additional emphasis on mathematics and computing as tools for astrophysical problem-solving.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study:

First year

  • Mechanics, Gravity & Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations & Waves
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Scientific Practice
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Scientific Programming

Second year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics & Thermodynamics
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Mathematical Physics
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Statistical Mechanics & Solid State Physics
  • Applied Physics & Emerging Technologies

Third year

  • Electromagnetism
  • Astrophysics Project and Communication Skills
  • Cosmology
  • Astrophysics Dissertation
  • Physics of Compact Objects
  • Life in the Universe
  • Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  • Particle Physics & Accelerators
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma Physics
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • Atmospheric Physics

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. A Physics with Astrophysics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers. Employers value numerate, versatile graduates who can analyse, investigate and communicate. You could take up roles as a research scientist, medical physicist or enter the space, telecommunications or nuclear industries. Or instead, you may find employment that is not directly related to physics or astrophysics, such as a science writer, chartered accountant or IT consultant. Many of our graduates go on to study for masters degrees or perform research at a doctoral level.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Physics with Astrophysics : F301 View Unistats for this course
Physics with Astrophysics with Foundation Year: F307 View Unistats for this course

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

Subject to good performance in year 1, it is possible to undertake one semester of study during year 2 as part of your degree or to take an "International Year" as an additional year between years 2 and 3, at one of Keele's international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.


The Institute of Physics accreditation for this Single Honours programme is currently being processed. Please refer to the 'Single Honours Course Information Document' for full details.

Graduates with accredited BSc degrees are eligible for Associate Membership of the IoP. After a period of relevant post-degree experience and professional development they may apply for full membership of the IoP and for Chartered Physicist status.