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What will I learn?

This course provides a thorough grounding in physics with astrophysics as a key component. It is led by an internationally renowned astrophysics research group and covers a broad range of contemporary astrophysics.In years one and two the course introduces key concepts in astrophysics and then focuses on cosmology. In year three you will progress to more advanced topics such as galaxies and high-energy astrophysics.Your final-year project will be with a member of the astrophysics research group. The group currently specialises in galaxy cluster astrophysics, galaxy evolution, black holes and active galaxies, and the formation and atmospheres of extrasolar planets.The course gives you the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of skills, including problem solving, numeracy, teamwork and the ability to communicate complicated concepts. You will also gain the skills needed for astronomical observations and analysis of data from international ground- and space-based observatories.You will join a friendly department with a very active, award-winning student society. Our physics graduates have an excellent record of employment which is a testament to the value that employers place on the transferable skills that you gain on this course.The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Which department am I in?

Physics

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£25,900.00 (US$ 31,237) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2023

Venue

Main Site

Senate House,

Tyndall Avenue,

Bristol,

BS8 1TH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose first language is not English. Run by our Centre for Academic Language and Development, the one-year programme will prepare you for the undergraduate degree of your choice through tailored English language and academic units. High school diploma: We will consider applicants with a high school diploma (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.2 minimum (3.4 for competitive courses) and a total of three from the following list: New SAT (evidence-based reading and writing section only) with a minimum of 650; ACT with a minimum score of 24; Any AP subject(s) with a score of at least 4 (more commonly 5); A full-year honors-level course at B+ or a full-year college-level course at B+ or higher; each AP counts towards the three; acceptable examples would include three APs, or two APs and one SAT. Some courses require a specific test score: Any course asking for maths must have specifically AP Calculus BC at grade 5. Engineering courses accept either AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, both AP Physics C, AP Chemistry, or AP Computer Science tests to meet the subject requirement. AP and SAT results can be sent to Bristol via the College Board code 5371. High school diploma and foundation/bridging programme: Applicants who have completed the high school diploma combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation/bridging programme will be considered for admission to our bachelor’s degree courses. Associate’s degree: An associate’s degree is acceptable for direct entry onto our bachelor’s degree courses. For courses with A-level requirements of A*A*A, a GPA of 3.4 or better is required; For courses with A-level requirements of A*AA, a GPA of 3.3 or better is required; For courses with A-level requirements of AAA, a GPA of 3.2 or better is required; For courses with A-level requirements of AAB, a GPA of 3.1 or better is required; For courses with A-level requirements of ABB, a GPA of 3.0 or better is required. IB Diploma or A-levels: Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our bachelor’s degree courses; First year of university Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a US university degree will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses; Students need to have IELTS 6.0 overall with either listening or speaking at 6.5, with no skill below 6.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is a prestigious and globally renowned research university, with an international community of students, staff and alumni.

  • Ranked 10th amongst UK universities (QS, 2022)
  • Ranked 62nd best university in the world (QS, 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for research (THE analysis of REF, 2021)
  • 27,000 students from over 150 countries

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