Undergraduate study

Physics with Astrophysics is ideal if you want to obtain a solid grounding in physics, but are also fascinated by astronomy and want to pursue this interest at university level.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy runs two undergraduate degree courses in Physics with Astrophysics:

What is Astrophysics?

Astrophysics involves the application of the laws of physics to distant regions that cannot directly be accessed by man-made apparatus, and in which the physical conditions can only be inferred from the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted.

What you study

7 metre telescope
The seven-metre telescope of the dedicated undergraduate radio observatory.

You will learn about our Sun and Solar System, the stars and our Galaxy, distant galaxies and quasars and the beginning of the Universe in the Big Bang. In addition, you will learn how to apply basic physics in situations that are often extreme compared with those on Earth.

Most staff members teaching astrophysics course units are members of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), which also encompasses the world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory. Our expertise in radio astronomy has led to a series of astronomical experiments that are particularly well suited for student work.

Students can perform observations at Jodrell Bank Observatory, where a dedicated undergraduate radio observatory based on a seven-metre telescope enables you to make your own observations.

You may also observe the night sky at visible wavelengths. Some examples are: using a solar telescope to observe the sun in the first year; imaging the moon in the second year; and using optical telescopes (both in Manchester and at Jodrell Bank) to analyse the light from stars in your third and fourth years. You will run a number of experiments on the seven-metre telescope of the dedicated undergraduate radio observatory.

Further information

For more detailed information about our courses, including entry requirements, application, the undergraduate brochure etc, see the undergraduate section on the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.

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