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Astrophysics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

B in Maths and B in Physics required.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits of which 15 must be in maths at a minimum of Merit

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language 4/D Maths 4/C

IB 112 points must include maths and physics at HL grade 4 or above

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

DDM

Applied Science and A level Maths grade C required.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subject

Astrophysics

Astrophysics is the study of the physical processes that shape the structure and evolution of the universe. It seeks to provide answers to fundamental questions about the origin and life cycles of stars, planets and galaxies as well as the universe itself. Our broad and vibrant research programme feeds into the curriculum you study as an undergraduate. Direct involvement in these fascinating areas is possible in a substantial final year project. This degree provides you with a highly regarded professional qualification that is particularly appropriate for graduates wishing to embark on PhD research. It also provides an excellent basis for employment in a wide field of disciplines including the financial sector and high technology areas where expertise in the analysis, interpretation and modelling of data is important. You will make extensive use of our superbly equipped observatory - one of the best astronomical teaching observatories in the country. You also take modules in thermal physics, nuclear physics and mathematics, which will deepen your understanding of objects in the universe and how they behave. There is strong emphasis on the techniques and instrumentation used in academic institutions and observatories and in industry. This means that your broad theoretical and observational knowledge is backed by the personal and professional skills essential to your future career.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Hertfordshire

Department:

Physics

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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.

59%
low
Astrophysics

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.

Astronomy

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
59%
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

68%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
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?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Physics and 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.

£22,500
low
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Engineering professionals
10%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Sales, marketing 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.

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.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£35k

£35k

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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Higher entry requirements
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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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