Undergraduate study


Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology


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

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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.


STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, 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, the home of our Engineering Schools.


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.

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.

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, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. 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

If you are studying a Science A level and it includes a separate practical assessment, then you must also achieve a Pass in this assessment.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

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