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Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology BSc Hons

What will you study?

This degree will develop your understanding of the relationship between the physical laws of the universe and the astrophysical and cosmological domains. In addition to a thorough grounding in Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism in your first year, this degree scheme includes lectures on Astronomy, Introductory Astrophysics and Introductory Cosmology in your second year.

Stellar Astrophysics, Big Bang Cosmology, Astrophysics and Cosmology Laboratory are all third year modules and on the final year of the four-year MPhys degree scheme, you will complete your extended research project and study subjects such as Current Cosmology and Advanced Relativity and Gravity. Research project topics include binary variable stars, cosmic radio noise, martian ionosphere, high altitude ozone, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, multi-wavelength solar observations, gravitational waves and cosmic inflation.

Laboratory work for this scheme includes topics in core Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. For your project work, you can use our on-site astronomical observatory which contains a 356mm Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope and other equipment for optical and radio astronomy.

Where could it take you?

Our degree programmes provide a strong underpinning for a wide range of careers. They have proven popular with employers who require advanced research in sectors such as geophysics, meterorologies, finance and computing. Our students have a wide range of possible employment opportunities with the potential of a good salary. Many of our students undertake careers in teaching, research or industry, where they carry on using their Physics knowledge. Others make the most of the transferable skills they have acquired and take up employment in, for example, the financial service industry, the military and the police.

A substantial number of our graduates stay on to undertake research degrees at Lancaster and top research intensive universities elsewhere. For example, recent graduates are now studying Physics, Theoretical Cosmology, Gravitational Physics, Space Plasma Physics, Particle Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Ultralow Temperature Physics, Biomedical Physics, Accelerator Physics and Mathematical Physics to PhD level.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2014:

A-level: AAA(Physics and Mathematics)

General Studies: Accepted as one of 4 A-levels Preference: A-levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

Scottish Highers: AAABB or equivalent, with Advanced Highers in Physics and Mathematics

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher Level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Baccalaureate: 36 pts overall with 16 pts from three HL subjects including Mathematics and Physics

New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information

IELTS: 6.0

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a£1,000 Bursary,a£1,000 Fee Waiverand a£1,000 Accommodation Discountin the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.

Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.