Astrophysics and Data Science - BSc (Hons)

Discover more about our universe and explore how the analysis of big data representing natural phenomena can be effectively tackled. Our Astrophysics and Data Science BSc (Hons) will provide you with the advanced critical thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills to prepare you for the career of the future.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • GF45

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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Why study Astrophysics and Data Science at Keele University?

Accreditation pathway available in Astrophysics
Access to Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
In Data Science all necessary knowledge in mathematics, statistics and coding is provided
Personalise your degree with a variety of optional modules
Enhance your employability with the option of a work placement year in chemistry
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics unless you specialise in Data Science in your final year, in which case there is no accreditation available.

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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.

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 which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. 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.

This combined honours Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Astrophysics and Data Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming module will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming, while the Advancing Physics module you enables you to move beyond Newtonian physics as we start to apply our skills to other areas such as quantum physics and relativity. 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

FYO-00275 Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming 15 credits
FYO-00215 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 15 credits

FYO-00205

Foundations of Physics 15 credits
FY0-000185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits

Semester Two

FYO-00225 Advancing Programming 15 credits
FYO-00227 Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design 15 credits
FYO-00209 Advancing Physics  15 credits
FYO-00231 Advancing Mathematical Methods 15 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

  AND

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

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above

How to Apply 

UK students should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com 

Please apply for the Astrophysics with Foundation Year course (F513). Following the submission of your application you will be contacted by a member of our team to confirm your second subject.

Direct Entry Students

If you are a UK student, 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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