School of Physical Sciences

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics

Astronomy, space science and astrophysics allow us to see the Universe and our place in it. Through studying these subjects mankind has continually enlarged its horizons and explored the cosmos. The subjects continually evolve and change every year based on discoveries by researchers around the world.

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, practised by most of the world's ancient civilisations, and one of the most modern, relying for many recent discoveries on high technology and the space programme.

It is an observational science that provides our view of the vast ranges of scales of space, time and physical conditions in the Universe. Astrophysics emphasises the underlying physical concepts of the stars and galaxies, which make up the universe, providing an understanding of the physical nature of bodies and processes in space and the instruments and techniques used in modern astronomical research.

Space is often referred to as the final frontier of exploration by mankind. Space exploration and observations depend to a large extent on satellites and other forms of space probes. Designers of space equipment need a good understanding of physics and astrophysics, together with specialised engineering skills.

We also offer the chance to study abroad on our MPhys programme. A course list is provided below and you may find a student profile on the year abroad interesting to read here. For further information on the opportunity to spend a year abroad, please contact us.

DID YOU KNOW: According to the DLHE survey 2015, Physics and Astronomy at Kent was ranked 1st out of 47 HEIs in the UK for students who found employment or went on to further study within 6 months of graduating in 2014.


*Universities include but are not limited to: Indiana University in Bloomington, several campuses of the University of California, Trent and Calgary Universities in Canada and the City University Hong Kong.

Current Student / Alumni and Staff Profiles

The overriding impression from our students is one of a friendly supportive department which gets to know its students and work with them to give them a rich experience.  Both the campus and Canterbury are highly regarded and seen to offer all you need for a great time at University.

School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 09/05/2017