Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics

Inspired by the wonders and vastness of the universe? This is the course for you.

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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. This degree allows you to specialise in astronomy and space – from spacecraft design to star formation and astrobiology. Using our fantastic facilities, including the Beacon Observatory, and dedicated data analysis lab module, you’ll learn from experts in the field and open up a range of careers in space science.

You'll also develop the transferable skills to open up a world of job opportunities, leading to careers in research, engineering, aerospace/defence, medical physics, 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.

Still deciding on the right course for you?

You might also be interested in our Physics or Physics with Astrophysics degrees. We also offer a four-year Integrated Master’s (MPhys)


This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Why study Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics at Kent?

A professional placement.

Your degree opens the door to lots of exciting careers; taking a professional placement year helps you discover some of those options.

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

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

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 in your final year you are able to specialise, focusing on areas that support your career ambitions.

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.

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.

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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