Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology

Department of Physics

Year of entry: 2017

Be inspired by the universe and get hands-on experience with our campus observatory. This degree gives you a grounding in core physics, while specialising in astrophysics and cosmology.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BSc (Hons)

Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology

Department of Physics

Year of entry: 2017

Be inspired by the universe and get hands-on experience with our campus observatory. This degree gives you a grounding in core physics, while specialising in astrophysics and cosmology.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • UK top 10  for overall satisfaction in Physics (NSS 2015)
  • 95% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates)

Be inspired by the universe and get hands-on experience with our campus observatory. This degree gives you a grounding in core physics, while specialising in astrophysics and cosmology.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich F3FM
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F3F5

All our courses include an advanced research project. The courses may be taken in three or four years. The four-year version of the course includes either a sandwich year of employment in industry or a year of study abroad between the second and the third year of study.

You can change the shape of your studies as your interests evolve. Many transfer possibilities exist.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of this course could go on to take up careers in the engineering, manufacturing, space exploration and aerospace industries as well as in academic institutions and government organisations.

Many graduates with physics qualifications are also recruited by the financial services sector.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with new physics laboratories designed to enable practical examination of the underlying physics of everyday phenomena, from the study of optics and the behaviour of light to electromagnetism and thermodynamics. In addition, the new building will provide an area for collaborative working.

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Years 1 and 2

The first year of the Physics, Engineering Physics and Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology programmes is identical, including core physics and tasters of engineering and astronomy. This gives students the flexibility to move between  these programmes as their interests develop. In addition students take at least  four modules in Astronomy, Practical Astronomy, Physical Cosmology and Physics  of Astrophysical Plasma.

The Observational Astronomy module in the second year includes practical  work on the Department’s optical and radio telescopes. There are further modules in astrophysics.

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final Year

Students take a module in General Relativity and Cosmology and can choose modules from those offered to Physics students. The project takes up a quarter of the final year.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: F3FM BSc (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths and Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points minimum with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended Diploma: DDM profile including Distinctions in all Physics and Maths Units
Additional

UCAS code: F3F5 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths and Physics
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB in Maths and Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points minimum with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended Diploma: DDM profile including Distinctions in all Physics and Maths Units
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B course) £19,900

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial placement or European study

The BSc Physics with Astrophysics course can be studied in three or four years. In the four-year version you take a year out between the second and final years of academic study.

The year out can be spent working in paid employment as a scientist in industry (in the UK or abroad) where you are supervised jointly by a local industrial supervisor and a member of the University academic staff. Satisfactory completion of such a ‘sandwich’ work placement leads to the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).

Recent industrial placements have included fibre-optic oil well monitoring and applications of high temperature superconductors and have involved companies and research facilities such as IBM (UK) Ltd, British Gas, Siemens AG (Germany) Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, FZ Jülich (Germany), Institut Laue Langevin Grenoble (France), etc.

About a third of our recent industrial placements have been abroad, principally in Western Europe. It is often not necessary to be fluent in the local language, although familiarity with the language is always an advantage and you are encouraged to take the appropriate language modules. The Department has contacts with a wide variety of employers and most students arrange their employment with one of these.

The average salary of our students in industrial placements in Britain is approximately £14,000 pa.

Alternatively, the year can be spent studying at a university abroad. Loughborough currently has partnerships with universities in Australia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, USA and Canada. German language modules can be taken in the second year (Physics Programme only) to prepare for the year abroad.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F3FM

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F3F5

Our students

Aanchel B

“There is lots of support to really push the boundaries as a student; I have had the chance to write part of a research paper which will hopefully be published in the European Journal of Physics.”

Beth F

“Physics is one of the most exciting courses. It can literally open any door, from pure research to engineering; finance and everything in between. There are no limits.”

Arjun B

“The vast amount of knowledge gained from each lecture is amazing. The course actively engages me and makes me think about the universe that we live in.”

Aanchel B

“There is lots of support to really push the boundaries as a student; I have had the chance to write part of a research paper which will hopefully be published in the European Journal of Physics.”

Beth F

“Physics is one of the most exciting courses. It can literally open any door, from pure research to engineering; finance and everything in between. There are no limits.”

Arjun B

“The vast amount of knowledge gained from each lecture is amazing. The course actively engages me and makes me think about the universe that we live in.”