This course starts in 2021

Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB 
Contextual A-level offer:
ABB-BBB 
UCAS code:
F3FM
Start date:
September 2021

The degree has inspired me to be a researcher one day. We are pushed to think independently, to come up with additional analysis in the lab. This can be quite challenging but also really rewarding.”

ELVIRA CASTELLO Astrophysics MPhys

If you want to gain a broad understanding of physics while exploring astrophysics, this course is for you.

You'll learn from experts working at the forefront of astrophysics, from exploring dark energy to the early universe. You study modules based on the latest research, from quantum mechanics to particle physics. You have opportunities to work alongside our world-leading faculty on ground-breaking discoveries. This is through your final year project and various research placement opportunities. During your integrated Masters year you develop advanced physical skills by working with a departmental research group.

You’ll be part of a close community – our lively Physics Society arranges regular social eventsOur building is a real hub of activity. You’ll have all your practical sessions in our modern teaching laboratories. Outside the classroom, you can study or catch up with your friends in our popular student spaces. 
 

During your course, you’ll:

  • develop transferable skills
  • get dedicated careers and CV advice
  • have opportunities to meet potential employers.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

MPhys or BSc?

We also offer this course as a three-year BSc. Find out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

Find out about Reese’s experience as a Physics student at Sussex

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB 

Contextual offer

ABB-BBB 

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics, normally at grade A and Physics. 

 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Subjects

 

 

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

D3, M1 and M2 

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have grade A at A-level and, D3 and M1 in two Pre-Us. 

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades AB at A-level and D3 in the Pre-U.

Subjects

You must have either Mathematics at A-level (grade A) and Physcis or as a Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects.  

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 6 and Higher level Physics.

For entry in 2021, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

     

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics (grade A) and Physics.

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Subjects

Highers must include Mathematics, at grade A. Applicants must also have Advanced Highers in Mathematics (grade A) and Physcis.

 

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics (grade A) and Physics.  

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs A*-C (9-4), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 6 and Higher level Physics.

For entry in 2021, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

     

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 80%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.5) and Higher level Physics.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and 92% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 1.8 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Canada

Typical offer

 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB from 5 grade 12 courses

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of 19/20 and above will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7-10 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least EEEE

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of at least 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalaureat with a final result of at least 14/20 in Mathematics.

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

You will need to achieve a final mark of at least 14/15 in Mathematics. 

Evidence of existing academic ability Physics is preferable.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 19 will be considered for first-year entry. 

You must also have either Apolytirion pathway in Mathematics with a score of 19 or the Pan Hellenic in Mathematics with an overall score of 17.

Additional requirements

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 5, 4 from three subjects including two electives

Additional requirements

You must have some advanced/higher level ability in Mathematics, and will need to complete both the Compulsory and Extended Mathematics components.

Advanced/higher-level ability in Physics is desirable.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55555.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 85% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 85% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 85% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H1,H2,H2,H3.

Additional requirements

 

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics (H1) and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Israel

Typical offer

For first year entry at least 80% (or 8/10) in at least 6 subjects, including one 5 unit subject, in one sitting of the Bagrut.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics to a high level is essential.

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

 

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

You'll normally need to complete an International Foundation Year in order to apply for first year entry.  The International Study Centre on campus provides a range of options.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with 48 points overall

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  AAB, Maticulation 3.5, UEC overall average grade A2 78%.

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 8.



Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential. Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects including Mathematics in the 80th percentile.

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 18/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

 

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.7 including a score of 8 in Mathematics

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita)  with an average grade of 1.5 from 4 subjects including Mathematics.

A Physics qualification is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. 

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 25 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics (8/10) and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include A and B grades in the majority of subjects 

and to include grade A in Mathematics.

 

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of 5,5,5 in three subjects

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for international students

Yes. Find out more about ATAS clearance on the Student Hub.

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house Foundation Year course to prepare you for Year 1 of your chosen degree:

If you don't have the required language skills for this course you could consider the International Study Centre. The ISC offers a range of foundation courses in combination with English language teaching.

Modules

This is a major/minor course, enabling you to study in depth in a core area (your major subject: taking up 75% of your time), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject: taking up 25% of your time).

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

    While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

      Autumn teaching

      Explore modules from other subjects

      At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

      As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. You will either have the option to choose an elective as part of this course, or it may be necessary to choose an elective or pathway to meet the credit requirements.

      Find out what opportunities your course offers

      These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints.

      Core modules

      Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching

        Options

        Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

        While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

          Autumn teaching

          Explore modules from other subjects

          At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

          As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. You will either have the option to choose an elective as part of this course, or it may be necessary to choose an elective or pathway to meet the credit requirements.

          Find out what opportunities your course offers

          Study abroad (optional)

          Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

          Placement (optional)

          To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can provide you with information and advice. If you’re successful in obtaining a placement, this will form part of your course.

          Find out more about placements and internships

          Recent Mathematical and Physical Sciences students have gone on placements at:

          • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
          • NATS Holdings
          • HEFCE.
          My research placement taught me new methods of study skills, teamwork skills, and it gave me a lot of insight into the topic.Jussi Kuusisto
          Physics with Astrophysics MPhys

          Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

          These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints.

          Core modules

          Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

            Autumn teaching
            Spring teaching

            Options

            Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

            While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

              Spring teaching

              These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints.

              Core modules

              Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

                Autumn teaching

                Options

                Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

                While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

                  Autumn teaching
                  Spring teaching

                  Find out more about studying Physics at Sussex, including astrophysics, theoretical physics and particle physics

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                  I try to understand how the first stars and galaxies formed in the early universe. To do this I use both observations, mostly taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, and super-computer simulations.Dr Stephen Wilkins
                  Senior Lecturer in Astronomy

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                  Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2021/22 – check back from December 2020. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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                  Scholarships

                  We believe in helping students in need of financial support so we continue to attract talented people. Scholarships for 2021/22 entry aren’t available yet, but check back soon for details.

                  Careers

                  We are a core part of the SEPnet (South East Physics Network) consortium, which gives us links to universities and industries across the region.

                  Our courses help you develop versatile skills. With careers fairs, forums and a dedicated careers officer we support your career development from day one.

                  Our graduates find employment in a diverse range of fields, including geophysics, aerospace, consulting, teaching, and the scientific Civil Service. Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate research and PhD study.

                  Graduate destinations

                  Recent Physics and Astronomy graduates have started their careers as:

                  • SAP applications consultant at Capgemini
                  • geophysicist at CGG
                  • graduate diagnostic physicist at Diamond Light Source.

                  Some of our graduates have also gone on to study for a postgraduate qualification (for example a PhD, MSc or PGCE).

                  (Department of Physics and Astronomy careers database)

                  Working while you study

                  Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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