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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
EU 3000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 3000

All study options

About Astrophysics at University College Cork

Overview

Physics occupies a central position in science and technology. It is concerned with fundamental questions about the basic building blocks of matter and how the universe evolved.

The Astrophysics degree at UCCis designed for those who have always harboured an interest in astronomy and the physics of the universe.

The course equips students with the same fundamental background in Physics, and with the same numerical and computational skills, as those graduating via the more traditional Physics degree course. This course is not differentiated from the Physics degree until Year 3.

As part of this course, students obtain practical experience using a research-grade telescope abroad in Year 3. In addition, the university houses the unique Crawford Observatory and a new astronomical observing facility on the top of its science building.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

Option 1:

Core

PY1052Introductory Physics I (10 credits);

PY1053Introductory Physics II (10 credits);

MA1058Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits);

MA1059Calculus (5 credits);

MA1060 Introduction to Analysis (5 credits);

AM1052Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits);

AM1053Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits)

Electives

AM1054 Mathematical Software (5 credits);

CM1006 Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists and Mathematicians (10 credits);

CM1007 Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits);

CS1061 Programming in C (5 credits);

CS1065Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits);

CS1068 Introductory Programming in Python (5 credits);

MA1057 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (5 credits);

PY1054 Special Topics in Physics (5 credits);

ST1051 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits)


Option 2:

Core

PY1052Introductory Physics 1 (10 credits);

PY1053Introductory Physics II (10 credits);

MA1058Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits);

MA1059Calculus (5 credits);

MA1060Introduction to Analysis (5 credits);

CM1007Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits)

Electives

BL1002Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution (5 credits);

BL1003Introduction to Biological Chemistry and Microbiology (5 credits);

BL1004Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits);

BL1005 Introduction to Ecology (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Core

Astrophysics and Special Relativity; C/C++ Programming with Applications; Classical Mechanics; Computational Physics; Electrostatics and Magnetostatics; Experimental Physics; Experimental Methods; Fourier Methods; Multivariable Calculus; Quantum Physics; Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Electives

Ordinary Differential Equations; Linear Algebra; Mathematical Modelling

Year 3 Modules:

Core

Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques; Condensed Matter Physics; Electromagnetism; Experimental Physics; Experimental Methods; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Optics; Quantum Mechanics; Statistical Thermodynamics; Vector and Tensor Methods; Observational Astrophysics

Electives:

Mathematical Experimentation and Chaos; Fluid Mechanics; Optimisation and the Calculus of Variations; Computational Techniques

Year 4Modules:

Core

Stars and the Interstellar Medium; Galactic and ExtragalacticAstrophysics; Gravitation and Cosmology; ResearchProject; Experimental Physics

Electives

Quantum Optics; Physics of Semiconductor Devices; Advanced Mechanics; Advanced Quantum Mechanics; AdvancedElectromagnetism; Advanced Condensed Matter Physics; Atomic and Molecular Physics; Quantum Field Theory; Introduction to Plasma Physics; Introduction to Lasers and Photonics; Advanced ComputationalPhysics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the CK408 Programme and theBook of Modules for further details onPhysics.

Fact File

Course Code: CK408

Course Title: Astrophysics

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK408

Entry Points: 2016: 525 (CK408). Points may vary.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

See herefor information on assessment.

Application Procedure

Refer to CK408.

Further Contact Information

physics@ucc.ie

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEU 3000International course feesEUR 3000

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK408

Entry Points: 2016: 525 (CK408). Points may vary.

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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