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Physics with Astrophysics

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and physics or an engineering subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Scottish Higher

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

including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject

UCAS Tariff

104-120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Physics

Astrophysics

Physics is the most fundamental science, concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. This means physics-based knowledge can be applied across the depth and breadth of industry.

In the context of astronomical phenomena, circumstances may conspire to produce extreme physical conditions such as gravity, pressure, and temperature. We push our understanding of core physics principles, and laws, providing critical new insight to the nature of the universe.

The course will increase your understanding of fundamental physics and expand your mathematical skills. You'll study both classical physics and developments in modern physics and gain advanced laboratory skills and hands-on experience with challenging experiments.

As you progress through your studies, you'll study modules in astrophysics in more detail such as space physics and astronomy, stars and planetary systems, and galaxies and the universe.

In your final year, you'll conduct a personal project which will involve practical experience in a research laboratory. You'll also have the option to take part in dedicated undergraduate research projects from the start of your course.

Our high staff-to-student ratio fosters a friendly environment and approachable lecturers.

Our Physics Society runs regular social events. They have organised trips to CERN, Munich, and Amsterdam as well as the annual Physics Ball. You can meet with students from all year groups to help guide you through the more challenging aspects of the course.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Dundee

Department:

School of Science and Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Astrophysics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical science

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
76%
low
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Conservation and environment professionals
6%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Physics and 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.

£25k

£25k

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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