The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and includes the very latest developments and discoveries in the field, based on our highly rated research. Collaborative links with both industry and international research laboratories provide insight into the practical application of your studies. You will undertake practical work at UCL's University of London Observatory (ULO) and benefit from our close association with the Royal Astronomical Society. One third year option includes a field trip to the Observatoire de Haute Provence in France. Core courses in the first two years provide a grounding in mathematics and classical and quantum physics. You will also undertake courses which build up an increasing exposure to topics in astronomy and astrophysics. This starts in the first year with core courses in Physics of the Universe and Practical Astronomy. This is followed in the second year by Astrophysical Processes: Nebulae to Stars and Practical Astrophysics, leading into core third year courses in Stellar Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, and Astronomical Spectroscopy. The third year also provides for optional courses to further enhance and enrich your knowledge of astrophysics topics. The fourth year comprises a compulsory research project in astrophysics, and a further five half-credit courses, generally chosen from subjects in the relevant degree speciality. A wide range of courses is available, including some taught by staff from other London Colleges. This programme is offered both as a three-year BSc and a four-year MSci, with common structures and subjects for the first two years. However, the additional fourth year of the MSci programme allows for a greater depth of study and we recommend you apply for an MSci initially, as this keeps more options open.
Your scientific training will equip you with an understanding of mathematics, and of physical principles and techniques, as well as transferable skills in analysis, rational argument and innovative problem solving. Surveys by the IOP indicate that physicists' versatility is welcomed by a wider range of professions than any other subject. Around half our graduates choose to pursue further study for an MSc or PhD. A PhD opens up the possibility of an academic or research career in a university or research institute. Alternatively, like many of our graduates, you may consider employment in research, design, development, computing, finance, marketing and insurance industries, among others.