Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
F3FM

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our BSc Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology degree develops your understanding of the relationship between the physical laws of the universe and the astrophysical and cosmological domains. The specialist teaching is informed by our world-leading activities in space and planetary science, observational astrophysics and particle cosmology, and culminates in an investigative group project and specialist options in year three.

You will obtain a thorough grounding in core physics areas such as Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism in your first year, Quantum Mechanics and Relativity in your second year, and Particle and Atomic Physics in your third year. Furthermore, this scheme also includes lectures on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology in your second year and Stellar Astrophysics and Big Bang Cosmology in your third year, as well as specialised laboratory work in Astrophysics and Cosmology.

In your final year, you also carry out an investigative Astrophysics or Cosmology group project where you tackle a problem of current research. 

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Mathematics grade A and A level Physics grade A

IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Interviews Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and Physics HL

BTEC May be considered alongside A level Mathematics and A level Physics.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

Year 3

    Core

    Optional

Careers

Careers

Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to the developments in modern society. Applications of the subject range from the very pure to the very practical, and a physics degree opens up a wide range of rewarding careers in scientific research and technological development, as well as in a variety of other professions. A substantial number of our graduates continue on to postgraduate education, or enter employment that directly relies on their specialist skills. Our students also find employment in careers where they are valued because of general skills gained during the course such as logical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy. Examples include consulting, finance, computer programming, and accountancy, as well as managerial and administrative positions.


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.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £22,550

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

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

Students taking Part I of the course are charged £10 for a bound copy of the lab manual. There are a number of optional one-day visits to places of interest and students pay travel costs.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Download the latest Physics brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

High-Quality Contact Time

With approximately 375 high-quality contact hours a year, you can always rely on our staff for guidance and assistance. In a typical week, you will have 12-15 hours of lectures, take part in 3-4 hours of seminars where the lecturer will explain solutions and help with any difficulties, and spend about 6 hours in the laboratory, working closely with other students and staff.

Practical Experiments and Lab Work

You will participate in demonstrations of the physical phenomena described in lectures, learn to use scientific equipment and develop skills in taking measurements, drawing conclusions and writing reports. You will also carry out extensive research projects, first in groups and then under individual supervision, where you apply your knowledge and actively contribute to the development of the field.

Continuous Feedback

We continually provide academic feedback and keep you informed of your results. A very large part of your lab, project and coursework counts towards your final degree mark – this allows us to make the assessment meaningful, in recognition of the fact that proper scientific work is deep and requires time. As a rough guide, 40-50% of your degree marks will be based on this continuous assessment, with the remainder based on exams.

Comprehensive Academic Support

You will be able to rely on extensive academic support with multiple possible contacts for any type of question – amongst others, you can choose to contact your lecturer, your departmental academic advisor, your degree scheme manager, or the teaching support staff. You will also be assigned a college tutor responsible for providing advice and assisting with any other questions you may encounter.

Physics Scholarships

We reward your academic excellence by providing an academic scholarship of £1,000 - in the first year only - if you choose a Lancaster University Physics course as your firm choice and achieve A*A* in A-level Mathematics and Physics or equivalent grades for alternative qualifications.

Careers and Personal Development

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.

Professional Experience

You will benefit from our direct links with industry and outside agencies, which contribute to the range of our third and fourth year projects and fund departmental research.

Internships

Taking part in relevant work experience is highly valued when applying for jobs. We provide internship opportunities over the summer months if you wish to enhance your skills.

Employability Booster

We have added the Internship and Employability Booster programme within the structure of our degree schemes. This is design to help you achieve the career you want and prepare you for your future.

Careers Support

Our careers service offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. Our Employability Champion will offer individual support to you, as well as organising trips to careers fairs and more.

Postgraduate

After you have graduated, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to the level of PhD. In addition, we have a number of careers resources specifically for postgraduates.

Physics students at the Teide Observatory, Canary Islands

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad at one of our prestigious partner universities. We participate in exchange programmes with universities in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Europe.

Learn more about Global Experiences

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