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Undergraduate MPhys

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics
with a Year Abroad

Explore the wonders of the universe on this integrated Master's, gaining skills that will make you stand out in the job market.
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Course overview

Investigate the possibilities of life elsewhere within the universe and get involved with real space missions from ESA and NASA. You'll also work on Hubble Telescope data and images from giant telescopes, as well as working with our own Beacon Observatory.

You'll have access to our first-class research laboratories, which are equipped for synthetic and analytical techniques ranging from soft organic polymers to nanoparticles, to highly sensitive organometallic species.

On this four-year MPhys course, you'll work with an academic in one of our research groups, carrying out an in-depth project connected with our research. 

You'll have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. This provides a wealth of personal and professional benefits. You'll experience a different culture, establish international contacts, grow in self-confidence and enhance your employability.

In addition, you'll develop the transferable skills to open up a world of job opportunities, leading to careers in research, aeronautics, engineering, medical physics, defence, teaching, finance and data analytics.

If you don’t have a science background or don’t meet our entry requirements, you can take our foundation year.

Do you want to focus on physics?

If you'd like to understand our world at a fundamental level, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe, you'll be interested in our MPhys Physics course.


This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Why study Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics at Kent?

Get a global view.

Spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. We currently have links with institutions in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Flexible curriculum.

You'll be able to move between our courses in the earlier years, ensuring you are studying the best course for you. 

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Dr Tim Kinnear and student Amber Whale describe what's great about studying at Kent from outstanding facilities to industry connections.  

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What's new?

You'll discover the latest developments in areas such as the solar system and space science, galactic structure and planetary nebulae.

Get hands-on experience.

You'll use newly-refurbished physics and astronomy labs, a photonics centre and the Beacon Observatory with optical telescope.

Everything you need to know about our Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

In your first year, you focus on the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and astronomy. Your second year covers a wide range of subjects and you have the opportunity to specialise in your third year. In your final year, you study advanced specialist modules and an in-depth research project.

How you'll study

You’ll receive extensive practical training in our labs and understand the real-world applications of what you learn. Practical sessions are supplemented with a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures and laboratory classes, computing sessions and team projects.
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Fabulous facilities.

You'll enjoy using our impressive facilities, testing theories in practice.

Your future

You’ll graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience, as well as a toolbox of transferable skills highly sought after by employers. These include excellent communication and problem-solving skills; analytical thinking; effective time management; and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Our graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • Airbus
  • The Met Office
  • Defence Engineering and Science Group (MoD)
  • BAE.

Read some of their stories and find out about the range of support and extra opportunities available to further your career potential.

Meet Ruhee.

Kent was the only university to offer a course directly in line with what I am passionate about.

Ruhee Kahar reveals why she chose Kent and what she's expecting from her year studying abroad in Indiana.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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