Undergraduate MPhys

Physics with Astrophysics

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

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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.

Our four-year integrated Master's programme (MPhys) allows you to hone the skills needed for research and technical roles in industry, or as a preparation for a PhD. Deepen your knowledge with specialised taught modules and work with an academic to carry out a real, open-ended research project.

Our focus is on helping you follow your passion as well as giving you the best possible start to your future. You'll gain a wide range of skills that will open up career pathways 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.

Still deciding on the right course for you?

You might also be interested in our Physics MPhys or Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics MPhys degrees.    


This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Why study Physics with Astrophysics at Kent?

Take 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.

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.

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

Course structure

Each year you build on your experimental, computational, statistical and analytical skills. You'll conduct open-ended laboratory investigations and in your final year complete an in-depth research project, working within one of our research groups under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

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.

Fabulous facilities.

You'll enjoy using our impressive facilities, putting theories into 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:

  • BAE
  • 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.

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The course pushes you to try your hardest in the core aspects and pushes you to broaden your horizons in terms of your skills.

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.

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. 


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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