BSc Physics with Astrophysics

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F3F5 AAA-AAB (See full entry requirements) 3 years full-time
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Physics with Astrophysics at York gives students an understanding of the scale and physical processes at work in the Universe. Read more about studying a Physics with Astrophysics degree at York.

‌The BSc Physics with Astrophysics programme includes a good all-round knowledge of physics, but with a special focus in theoretical and experimental astrophysics.

“It's a very rewarding course with plenty of opportunities to 'go your own way'. It's the only place in the UK where there is equipment for optical, solar and radio observations in the same place, so there's always something to do if you have some spare time.”
Dominic, Third Year Student

Special courses allow you to pursue a broad understanding of modern astrophysics across the electromagnetic spectrum including stars, galaxies and the exotic concepts of dark matter and dark energy. A group project in the final year develops experimental and research skills in the discipline. 

Our degree programmes are offered as a four year Integrated Masters course (MPhys) or three year Bachelors course (BSc) and can be studied with an optional Year in Europe.

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This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.
Accredited degrees give a solid grounding in core physics and can lead to professional awards such as Chartered Physicist.

What you'll study

Please see module details for further information on the modules listed below.

First year 

Core modules

Second year 

Core modules

Third year 

Core modules
Optional modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

How you'll be taught

Dr Roddy Vann Lecture Presentation

 

We regularly achieve high student satisfaction and maintained excellence in our teaching quality achieving the maximum of 24/24 in our most recent Teaching Quality Assurance assessment.

We use a variety of different teaching methods including lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, problem classes and workshops. In addition students will learn via various group and individual project work.

“Studying Physics at York is an experience like no other, the community here between not only student, but lecturers also is unrivalled.” Sammy, Second Year Student 

Alongside this all students meet regularly with an academic supervisor who will offer guidance and support throughout your degree and help develop your physics problem solving skills. This fosters excellent staff-student rapport and ensures an extremely friendly and supportive atmosphere for you. Our regular supervision meetings, small group tutorials and our ‘open door’ policy for approaching our academic staff are distinctive in our teaching approach and enable students to share their insights and develop a deeper understand of their subject.

“The department’s open door policy is fantastic. If you ever get stuck on any aspect of anything, they are always there to help you.” Kyle, Fourth Year Student 

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How you'll be assessed

Weekly Problem Question Submission

We use a wide range of assessment formats during the degree to ensure that students develop valuable transferable skills. We balance various types of assessment to develop and test your different strengths. Our assessments include:

  • Examinations
  • Extended Assignments
  • Weekly Problems
  • Formal Reports
  • Practical Laboratory Work
  • Presentations
  • Practical Research Methods

Our teaching is designed to prepare you for the assessment. You will also have tutorials and problem classes to help you revise and ask any question you might have.

Feedback
We give students feedback on work completed in a variety of ways. You will receive both written and verbal feedback to help you improve and develop your work. In addition your will meet regularly with your academic supervisor who will offer guidance and support throughout your degree and help develop your physics problem solving skills.

Assessment Adjustments

We can make appropriate adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities. See the University's disability support pages for further details.

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Careers and employability

Physics graduates from York are particularly successful at achieving successful careers with over 80% of students in employment or further study six months after graduating. 

Physics graduates are highly sought after by employers across a range of disciplines. While many graduates go on to careers that use their knowledge and expertise in Physics, others are readily employed in other areas such as computing or electronics.

Particular skills gained through studying Physics, such as problem solving and numeracy, lend themselves well to other, often lucrative, graduate-level careers, and our students have gone onto a range of careers including:

  • Management
  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Broadcasting
  • Engineering
  • Computing/IT

Of our recent graduates, 36% have gone on to further academic study.

Find out more about how we can help make you more employable   

Phil Lightfoot 

" A Physics degree is greatly valued by employers because it contains IT and numerical skills, teaches a logical approach to problem solving, and many other valuable skills. Many graduates use their degrees in a Physics related area such as optics, solid state devices, lasers, the nuclear power industry, medical physics, etc. Others move into the IT or financial sector. Some students remain in the Department to specialise in a particular field via a postgraduate qualification such as the MSc in Fusion Energy or a PhD.

Physics has taken me around the world, 1 km under it in a mine in North Yorkshire searching for dark matter, and allowed me to look at stars thousands of light years away. I always knew that it was the right choice for me and I’m constantly grateful for the way that it has provided me with the skills and knowledge to interpret the world around me."

Dr Phil Lightfoot, teaching fellow

How to apply

All applications to undergraduate degree courses at York are made via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The application system opens mid-September with guides on how to apply through UCAS available online. 

We welcome all enquiries from prospective undergraduates and are happy to answer any queries that you may have about our courses.

Interview Days

All applicants are required to complete an interview day with the department before their application is progressed to the offer stage. Our decision about whether to invite applicants to interview is based on information on the UCAS form, including your personal statement, reference, and academic grades or predictions. Upon completion of a successful academic interview an offer will be determined taking into account both feedback gathered at interview and information from your UCAS form.

Mature students

Applications from mature students are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

A levels

AAA-AAB with a grade A in both Maths and Physics plus at least a B in a third A level subject (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 

The third A level may be in a wide range of acceptable subjects or alternatively two AS subjects may be accepted in place of the third A level. 

In certain circumstances AS Maths at A grade may be considered instead of A level Maths for the BSc programme with students required to take the additional Maths Plus option in the first year of study.

International Baccalaureate

Diploma with score of 36 - 35 points with Higher Level Maths and Physics at least grade 6

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAA-AAAAB (Highers) + AA (Advanced Highers) in Maths and Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB-AAAABB with Physics and Maths at least grade A1

European Baccalaureate

85% - 80% overall with Physics and Maths at least 85%

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

D3/D3/D3 - D3/D3/M2 with Maths and Physics at least grade D3

Access to Higher Education

An applicable Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3 with 30 credits at Distinction including Maths and Physics and 9 credits awarded Merit or higher. This must include 18 credits in Physics at Distinction and 9 credits in Mathematics at Distinction. Please contact us if you would like further clarification on specific entry requirements for Access courses.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should be able to show evidence of their English language ability.

We accept the following English language qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum of 6.0 in each section)
  • Pearson: 55 overall (minimum of 55 in each section)
  • GCSE English Language: grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: grade A

For some European countries, the English language requirement may be fulfilled by achieving a satisfactory English grade in the relevant country's state or school examinations. Please contact us for information about the specific requirements for your own country.

Further detailed information is available on the University’s English Language Requirements.

Any questions?

If you have any enquiries concerning undergraduate admissions, please contact

Admissions Tutor,
Dr. Charles Barton:

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