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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    Our distinctive MPhys Physics with Astronomy (with year abroad) is available to our first-class MPhys students who will be given the opportunity to spend their final year immersed in research at the world-renowned Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, USA.

    The MPhys Physics with Astronomy (with year abroad) will build upon the MPhys Particle Physics programme and give you a greater breadth and depth of study of astronomy. This flagship programme is intended for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD. We aim to give you the skills and experience that will put you ahead of your peers.

    Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first-class students – typically you will move into the programme in your second year. Your courses will then be carefully coordinated to fast track you in three years to the frontier of knowledge in physics and astronomy.

    In your final year, you will relocate to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Center combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of the basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. Broad programmes of astrophysical research touch on almost all major topics in astronomy including:

    • star and planet formation
    • cosmology
    • extreme astronomical objects

    Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

    Key facts:

    • Southampton is consistently ranked amongst the top Physics and Astronomy departments in the UK
    • Over half of our work is considered to be either world leading or internationally excellent
    • Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics
    • We were ranked in the top two universities in the Russell Group of elite Universities for course satisfaction in Physical Science in the 2010 National Student Survey

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 16320 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS1005 Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science
    • PHYS1015 Motion and Relativity
    • PHYS1017 Physics Skills 1
    • PHYS1022 Electricity and Magnetism

    Compulsory Modules

    • MATH1006 Introduction to Mathematical Methods

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS1008 Physics of The Solar System
    • PHYS1011 Waves, Light and Quanta
    • PHYS1013 Energy and Matter
    • PHYS1019 Physics Skills 2

    Compulsory Modules

    • MATH1007 Mathematical Methods For Physical Scientists

    Year 2

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS2003 Quantum Physics
    • PHYS2013 Galaxies
    • PHYS2022 Physics from Evidence I
    • PHYS2023 Wave Physics

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS2001 Electromagnetism
    • PHYS2006 Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS2024 Quantum Physics of Matter

    Compulsory Modules

    • PHYS2011 Design and Observation in Astronomy

    Year 3

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS3004 Crystalline Solids
    • PHYS3008 Atomic Physics
    • PHYS3011 Photons in Astrophysics
    • PHYS6005 Cosmology and the Early Universe

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS3002 Nuclei and Particles
    • PHYS3007 Theories of Matter, Space and Time
    • PHYS3010 Stellar Evolution
    • PHYS6017 Computer Techniques in Physics

    Year 4

    Full Academic Year

    Compulsory Core Modules

    • PHYS6013 Research Thesis - Astrophysics

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.



    GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

    A Levels:

    AAA, including AA in Mathematics and Physics

    English Language Requirements:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

    Alternative Qualifications:

    We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Southampton.


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