Faculty of Science and Engineering

Physics with Astrophysics

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F3F5

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Experimental Skills and Mathematics for Physics

    This module will introduce you to the operation of scientific instruments and experimental skills that you will need in order to study practical physics. You'll also develop your mathematical abilities so that you can solve problems in physics.

  • The Classical World

    This module delivers essential core physics covering two main themes: classical mechanics and optics. You will study Newton's Laws and extend them to simple fluid dynamics, and apply knowledge of optics in different regimes.

  • Gravitation and Astronomy

    This module delivers essential core physics in the area of gravitation and rotational mechanics through an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. You will study Kepler's Laws, observational astronomy and telescopes, stellar and galaxy evolution, and introductory cosmology.

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 1

    This module will further develop your practical and mathematical skills. Team-based experimentation will allow you to explore aspects of practical physics, and higher complexity physical problems will be accessible to you due to extended skills in mathematics.

  • Electricity and Magnetism with Computation

  • From the Quantum World to the Macro World – an Introduction to Quantum Physics and the Properties of Matter

    This module presents an integrated view of matter, going from the quantum scale to the macro scale. You will explore how quantum physics can explain the behaviour of atoms, and how the collective behaviour of atoms can in turn explain the macroscopic properties of matter that we see around us.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 2

    You'll study this module through a combination of laboratory classes and mathematics. In the laboratory classes you'll develop your experimental technique skills by creating experiments to solve specific scientific problems. In mathematics, you'll learn about differential equations and Fourier Series.

  • Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics and Special Relativity

    This module analyses the equilibrium behaviour of many-body systems from a macroscopic point of view (thermodynamics) and from a microscopic point of view (statistical physics). You'll study the behaviour of systems at significant fractions of the speed of light (special relativity).

  • Intermediate Quantum Mechanics with Advanced Computation

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 3

    Develop your own scientific investigations and do authentic scientific research by designing experiments to answer a question that you create. In mathematics, you will learn about Vector Calculus.

  • The Physics of Waves and Solid State

  • Stellar Structure and Evolution

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Team Experimental Problem Solving & Project Planning

  • Advanced Quantum, Nuclear and Particle Physics

    Explore advanced concepts in quantum physics, nuclear and particle physics. What are the key theories and experiments of nuclear and particle physics? How can we apply quantum mechanics to solve problems in nuclear and particle physics? What is a Hilbert space? All of those topics will be covered using a mixture of lectures and workshops.

  • Numerical Modelling and Simulation

  • Matter at Extremes

  • BSc Project

  • Galactic and Extra-Galactic Astronomy

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More about this course

Physics with Astrophysics at Hull encourages you to delve into the physics of the universe, exploring planets from our solar system to distant galaxies as you study with world-leading experts. Our innovative approach to active hands-on learning with state-of-the-art facilities - such as our new suite of telescopes - leads to greater student engagement, helping our physics courses top the 2015 National Student Survey with 100% student satisfaction. We also topped the Guardian University Guide 2016 when it comes to ‘Added Value’, which compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications, scoring a maximum 10 out of 10. Our graduates are in high demand across a variety of industries, with many establishing successful careers in some of the world’s best-known laboratories and research facilities.

You will be provided with the theoretical and practical tools to reveal and understand the underlying laws that govern the universe, from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the grand scale of cosmology. Students will have the opportunity to study with staff whose research expertise includes cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, observational astronomy and solar physics. The University's new Milne Centre for Astrophysics is a focus for major national and international research collaborations. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and has been designed to have a cutting edge curriculum. The four year integrated Masters degree is designed for students wishing to develop advanced research and development skills, and fully satisfies the educational requirements of the Chartered Physicist (CPhys) professional qualification.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Joint 4th in the country for graduate employability in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

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Explore the universe from sub-atomic level to the cosmological under internationally-recognised experts.

Take on the big questions with Viper - the most powerful supercomputer in the north of England

Our research expertise helps some of our students publish academic papers even before they graduate.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have A Level Maths and Physics at Grade C or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points (including 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: suitable for Foundation Year only
  • Access to HE Diploma: Suitable for foundation year entry only

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

A Physics with Astrophysics degree from Hull is attractive to scientific and high-tech employers. Our graduates find work in industrial research and development in areas such as laser systems engineering, telecommunications, IT and computing, medical applications and with government organisations.

A large number of graduates continue their studies after graduation. Some get funded MSc places, for example in Nuclear Technology, and others undertake fully funded PhDs, leading to research positions in institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Our graduates have found work in the UK and overseas with major companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls Royce and Atkins Engineering. Graduates are also in high demand in laboratories at Jodrell Bank, National Physical Laboratory or National Nuclear Laboratory. There are opportunities in medical physics within the NHS, with some graduates entering NHS graduate schemes, and also in education as teachers.

Our courses are designed so that employability is at the heart of the curriculum. You will learn valuable communication and presentation skills that have helped our graduates find careers in areas as diverse as oil prospecting, defence, risk management and the Stock Exchange.

You will have access to lifelong careers guidance. The University of Hull’s commitment to employability does not end when you graduate. If you need guidance on your career path, or get to the point when you would like a career change, help and support is always available.