Physics with Astrophysics


  • UCAS Code F3F5
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 5

    5th for Physics and Astronomy

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 5

    5th for Physics

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 10

    10th for Physics

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

Our MPhys Physics with Astrophysics 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 individual investigative research project and advanced options in year four.

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 third year, you also carry out an investigative Cosmology group project where you tackle a problem of current research.

In your final year, you will complete an extended research project on topics such as binary variable stars, cosmic radio noise, gravitational waves and cosmic inflation, and study subjects such as Cosmology and Advanced Relativity and Gravity. 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.


Physics with Astrophysics is a field of study that is truly at the forefront of scientific discovery, innovating what we know about our universe in addition to helping the development of vital technologies such as satellites and solar panels. As a student on this degree programme, you will develop advanced problem-solving skills, programming knowledge, critical thinking abilities and project management experience over the course of your degree. These skills open a wealth of career options from the very pure, such as expanding knowledge through scientific research or very practical like exploring the world of data science and software development. Many of our graduates continue their studies to PhD level and embark on a career in academia. A wealth of additional opportunities exists, such as teaching or careers within the business and finance sectors. Our graduates are well-paid, with the median starting salary of our Physics degrees being £25,500 (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022).

Here are just some of the roles that our BSc and MPhys Physics with Astrophysics students have progressed into upon graduating:

  • Finance Graduate – Close Brothers
  • Data Engineering Consultant – SAS UK
  • Systems Engineer – Perkin Elmer
  • PhD Researcher – University of Warwick
  • Associate Consultant – Opal Wave Solutions
  • Documents Developer – Acturis
  • Software Engineer – CERN
  • Intrinsic Safety Engineer – Element Materials Technology
  • Graduate (Future Leader) - United Utilities
  • Project Coordinator – Institute of Physics
  • Graduate Data Analyst – Virgin Media
  • PhD Researcher – University of Sheffield

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA

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 36 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

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £26,550

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Physics Scholarships 2023

The Physics Department rewards excellence by providing an academic scholarship of £1,000 for students on our MPhys/MSci Physics courses, and a scholarship of £750 for those on a BSc Physics course. This is open to applicants who place us as their firm choice and achieve A*A* in A level Mathematics and Physics with a strong third A level (or equivalent grades) as well as strong performance in their first-term exams at Lancaster.

April Dalby

A place for April

When did you know Physics at Lancaster University was the place for you?
When I came for my interview. I was so nervous about it, hoping I’d know enough physics to impress the interviewer. Everyone was so nice, and the campus was so pretty, I knew straight away that this was the university I wanted to go to.

What makes the facilities so great?
How open everything is. I never felt shy to go to one of the many study spaces and work on some questions or go to an academic’s office to ask for some help (or even just for a chat). I think it’s important for students to feel comfortable where they work and the Physics building excels at creating that atmosphere.

What is your favourite aspect of your course?
The fact that there are so many different aspects of my course. There’s Coding and Astrophysics; Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, I like the idea of waking up every day almost doing something completely new but that I still find really fascinating. Also, I really enjoy the collaborative aspects - me and my friends working on the coursework together have created some of my most fond memories of my time here.

What are you going to do after your degree?
I hope to continue in the line of physics, something hands-on that I find equally as exciting as my current course if not more. Physics at Lancaster has shaped me to be able to go on and effectively do whatever I want so the sky’s the limit really.


April Dalby, Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

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