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Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Physics with Astrophysics

Excited by discovery? Passionate about exploring the cosmos? This is the degree for you.
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2024

Course overview

Physics gives you the tools to understand our world at a fundamental level, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe. By combining your study with astrophysics, you’ll use the principles of physics, our dedicated astrophysics lab module and fantastic facilities such as the Beacon Observatory, to explore the cosmos – from our own solar system to galaxies and cosmology.

You'll also develop transferable skills to open up a world of job opportunities, leading to careers in the growing space industry, finance, manufacturing and technology.

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

Inspired by the wonders of the universe?

You might also be interested in our Physics or Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics degrees. We also offer a four-year Integrated Master's (MPhys).

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Why study Physics with Astrophysics at Kent?

A professional placement

Your degree opens the door to lots of exciting careers; a professional placement year can help you discover which option is right for you.

Flexible curriculum.

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

Lots to discover.

Exploring all areas of physics was important to Lucy Abbott, which is why she chose to study at Kent – that and Kent's friendly atmosphere.

What's new?

You'll discover the latest developments in areas such as quantum materials and medical imaging from innovative teachers who are also active researchers.

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 Physics with Astrophysics course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
ABB
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 foundations of physics and develop your experimental, computational, statistical and analytical skills. As you progress, you deepen your understanding of modern physics, as well as the multiwavelength universe exoplanets and stars, galaxies and the universe.

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 interactive workshops, 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 graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience. In addition, you also develop the key transferable skills sought by employers, such as: excellent communication and analytical skills; problem-solving and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. This means you’re well equipped for careers in a range of fields.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Defence Science and Technology
  • Rolls Royce
  • Siemens
  • IBM.

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

Impressive prospects
Discover what our graduates did next, including Greg Davies, now working in climate science and disaster risk management.

Meet Alisia.

I use the knowledge I learnt on a day-to-day basis.

Physics with Astrophysics graduate Alisia Maldon-Stanley is now part of the NHS Scientific Training Program (the STP) in Medical Physics, specialising in Nuclear Medicine.
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

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

Full-time

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £22,700
  • International
    £22,700

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.

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. 

Scholarships

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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