On our Physics and Astrophysics course, you'll spend half your time studying astrophysics modules. This means our degree programme has more astrophysics content than most, taking you from the formation and evolution of our solar system, through stars and galaxies, to the origin and evolution of the universe.
There are two telescopes on the roof of our building, which you'll be trained to use from your first year. We also run a telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands, which students use during our annual field trip.
At the start of your course, in lectures and lab classes you'll cover the essential physics behind everything else you'll study: heat, motion, electricity, magnetism and quantum mechanics. You'll also begin studying the fundamentals of astronomy and astrophysics with modules that cover topics such as our solar system, stars, galaxies and basic cosmology. There are practical sessions using our telescopes and, in programming classes, you can learn skills that are essential to modern astrophysics and valuable in many graduate careers, from data science to computer game design.
You'll explore essential physics in even more depth in your second year, and continue to specialise in astrophysics with modules on the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies. You'll do more practical work with our telescopes and continue to develop your programming skills.
In the third year, you can branch out into lots of different areas and complete your own research project in astrophysics. Your core modules will cover topics like cosmology and stellar atmospheres. Optional modules include topics such as dark matter and nuclear astrophysics.