The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics
|Award/s:||BSc (Hons), MPhys (Hons)|
Kent runs a fantastic programme for students who are inspired by the wonders and vastness of the universe. In this course, there are opportunities to investigate the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. You get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA, and can work on Hubble Telescope data and images from giant telescopes.
In the MPhys programme, core knowledge and skills are enhanced with the further in-depth training required for a science-based career, including the practical aspects of research.
Our international exchange programme allows you to spend the third year of your degree studying in the USA at one of our partner universities, and our active student society organises trips and events such as virtual observing in Hawaii by remotely controlling a telescope on the other side of the world.
Did you know?
Physics and Astronomy at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction in The Times Good University Guide 2012.
See individual programmes for entry requirements and other information
Single honours degrees
Stage 1Core modules
- Astrophysics, Space Science and Modern Physics
- Computing Skills
- Physics Lab
- Skills for Physicists
Stage 2Core modules
- Atomic and Nuclear Physics
- Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations
- Multimedia for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Planetary Science
- The Multiwavelength Universe and Exoplanets
- Optics and Electromagnetism
- Physics Lab
- Quantum Physics
- Spacecraft Design and Operations
Stage 3Core modules
- Image Processing
- Numerical and Computational Method
- Physics Group Project
- Physics Project Laboratory
- Relativity, Optics and Maxwell's Equations
- Stars, Galaxies and the Universe
- The Sun, the Earth and Mars
- Thermal and Statistical Physics
(MPhys only)Core modules
- Particles and Quantum Physics
- Physics Research Project
- Rocketry and Human Spaceflight
- Space Astronomy and Solar System Science
Plus, depending on your chosen degree programme:
- Physical Science Research Planning
- The Sun, the Earth and Mars.
You spend a year in the USA between Stages 2 and 4, studying equivalent courses to those you take at Kent. Our partner universities include the Pennsylvania State University, several campuses of the University of California and the University of Indiana in Bloomington. If you take this course, you pay a reduced (50%) fee to Kent during your year abroad. You do not need to pay fees at the host university.
The Physics foundation year is for students who lack the qualifications needed for direct entry onto Stage 1 of the degree programmes. It comprises lectures and practical classes, is taught entirely on the Canterbury campus and successfully caters for students with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. You apply for the Physics with a Foundation Year course (F305), but successfully completing the foundation year guarantees you entry onto any of the Physics or Astronomy degree programmes.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by lecture, laboratory sessions, and project and console classes. You have approximately nine lectures a week, plus one day of practical work. In addition, you have reading and coursework and practical reports to prepare. In the MPhys final year, you work with a member of staff on an experimental or computing project.
Assessment is by written examination at the end of each year, plus continuous assessment of written coursework. Practical work is examined by continuous assessment. If you take the year in the USA, this counts towards your final degree assessment.
F590, F591, F592: ABB at A level, including Mathematics grade B and Physics grade B, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5 in HL Physics or 6 in SL Physics and 5 in HL Mathematics or 6 in SL Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies), or IB Diploma with 15 points at Higher inc 5 in HL Physics or 6 in SL Physics and 5 in HL Mathematics or 6 in SL Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies).
F305: on an individual basis.
A level Mathematics and Physics at a combination of grades BB.
Our students go into areas such as research and development, technical management, computing, software design, the media and teaching. Many also go on to postgraduate study.
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Degrees recognised by the Institute of Physics.