Undergraduate study


Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology


Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time F3FM ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F3F5 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology course overview

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.

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.


The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.


STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. It is part of a wider £25 million investment in the West Park of our campus which includes the adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

Opening this year, STEMLab contains new engineering, physics, chemistry, materials and bio laboratories forming a truly cutting-edge learning facility.

This outstanding new space allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate – such as the ‘Ideas Factory’ that provides space for cross-disciplinary collaboration. STEMLab boasts a range of high-quality modern facilities, including, for example, a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop alongside teaching laboratories across STEM subjects, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal leaning spaces.

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


Year 1

Indicative areas studied include

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Atomic and thermal physics
  • Astronomy
  • Information skills
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratories,
  • Computing
  • Mechanics of materials

Year 2

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Fields
  • Waves
  • Solid state physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Mathematics
  • Topics in astrophysics and cosmology
  • Practical astronomy and
  • Laboratories

Optional placement/study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Indicative areas studied include

  • General relativity and cosmology
  • Quantum and statistical physics
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Options in physics
  • An astrophysics project

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information



Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

F3FM Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology - BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS

ABB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B

F3F5 Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology - BSc (Hons)

ABB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Graduate Destinations

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

Industrial Placements

This course can be studied in three or four years.

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)

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Our students



Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology




BSc (Hons)

Year of Study


Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F3FM

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F3F5