Physics with Astrophysics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

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

Single Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F301

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Course Overview

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.

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.

Indicative modules

First Year

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

Second Year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Mathematical Physics
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Applied Physics and 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 and Accelerators
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma Physics
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • Atmospheric Physics