Astrophysics BSc

University College London (UCL)
London, United Kingdom
Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Intakes
September
Total tuition fee (local)
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Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 77,867

Entry Requirements

A Levels

  • Grades AAA-AAB
  • Subjects Mathematics and Physics required at grade A.
  • AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
  • GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet this requirement following enrolment at UCL.

IB Diploma

  • Points 36-38
  • Subjects A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics at grade 6, with no score below 5.

Or other equivalent qualifications.

English Requirement

  • Completed a minimum of twelve months education in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment
  • Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment
  • Completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment
  • Obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrollment. A number of qualifications and tests are recognized, UCL's preferred English language qualification being the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced).

Curriculum

Year One
Compulsory courses

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods I
  • Mathematical Methods II
  • Practical Skills 1A
  • Practical Skills 1C
  • Physics of the Universe
  • Thermal Physics
  • Waves, Optics and Acoustics

Optional courses

  • All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two
Compulsory courses

  • Astrophysical Processes: Nebulae to Stars
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematical Methods III
  • Physics of the Solar System
  • Practical Astrophysics 2A
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Thermodynamics

Optional courses

One optional course from the following list:

  • Astrobiology
  • Environmental Physics
  • Mathematics for Physics and Astronomy

Final Year
Compulsory courses

  • Astronomical Spectroscopy
  • Interstellar Physics
  • Physical Cosmology
  • The Physics of Stars
  • Practical Astronomy 1 - Techniques

Optional courses
You will select one of the following:
 

  • Group Project
  • Practical Astronomy 2 - Applications
  • Practical Astronomy 3 - Field Trip

You will also select 1.0 credits of Astrophysics options. Options may include:

  • Astrobiology
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Energy and Climate
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Physics of Oceans, Ice Sheets and Climate (1.0 credits)
  • Physics of the Earth
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Scientific Computing Using Object Oriented Languages
  • Theory of Dynamical Systems

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