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Newcastle University

UCAS Code: F3F5 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

A,A,B-A*,B,B

AAB or A*BB including Mathematics and Physics, and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking OR ABB or A*BC with at least a B in Mathematics and Physics if third A level from: Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Geography, History and Modern/Classical Languages or grade 2 in any STEP paper. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45,M:0,P:0

45 level 3 credits at distinction including Mathematical Studies and Physics. A Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course may also be required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3, D3, M2 in Principal Subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

With Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and Physics at Higher Level grade 6.

Candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

AAABB with AB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics. Physics is preferred at Advanced Higher, but we are willing to consider applications from candidates offering Higher Physics alongside Advanced Highers in Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Design and Manufacture, Engineering Science or Mathematics of Mechanics, on a case-by-case basis. Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.

UCAS Tariff

136-153

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Astrophysics

Our three-year Physics with Astrophysics degree provides a strong understanding of the fundamental pillars of physics and a thorough grounding in advanced mathematics. You'll apply physics, mathematics and computation to understand the origin and evolution of the universe.

Hands-on experience in our high-spec facilities is embedded throughout the degree and will develop your practical skills for a wide range of physical science careers.

Guided by our world-leading academics, you'll study a broad range of cutting edge physics modules. In your final year, you'll specialise in astrophysics with modules such as relativity and cosmology, stellar structure and evolution and interstellar medium.
BSc or MPhys?

Physics with Astrophysics is offered at two levels:

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Master of Physics (MPhys)

Our MPhys degree includes an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the subject to prepare you for a career in this challenging field.

The Uni

Course location:

Main Site (Newcastle)

Department:

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

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What students say

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Astronomy

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation

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Astronomy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer - often overseas - every year, you will need a doctorate — so at least a third of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market - their good technical, data and maths skills taking them into IT and business especially. However, if you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Astronomy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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