Physics with Astronomy - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Physics with Astronomy

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: As this is a joint degree with the University of Liverpool you can find the latest entry requirements for this course http://www.liv.ac

UCAS code: F3F5

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Physics with Astronomy is taught jointly by world-leading academics from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. During your degree, you will have access to LJMU's Liverpool Telescope, one of the world's largest robotic telecopes.

  • Taught by world-leading academics from both LJMU and the University of Liverpool
  • Second-year field trip to a Tenerife observatory     
  • Eligibility to join the Institute of Physics to obtain Chartered Physicist status on graduation
  • Friendly department with an ‘open door’ policy and active physics society
  • Eligibility for generous University of Liverpool attainment scholarships and University of Liverpool bursaries on application

The course provides an excellent insight into different areas within physics and I have gained considerably more confidence in key skills, such as presentation, analytical, numeric and computing skills.

Joanne Bibby, recent graduate

The field trip to the Tenerife Observatory has really enlightened me. Getting to use the Mons telescope is definitely one of the thrills of the course and the stay on site has really shown me how exciting astronomy is.

Leon Baruah, recent graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

In addition to the specialist skills and knowledge you will gain on this degree course, you will acquire a range of transferable skills in problem-solving, numeracy, analysis, practical experimentation, computing, teamwork and communication – all of which are attractive to potential employers. These ‘World of Work’ skills are vital in preparing you to compete successfully on the open job market once you graduate.

A Physics degree is the gateway to a whole range of careers including fundamental research, industrial research and development, teaching and the worlds of computing, business and finance. Employers respect the dedication and hard work required to obtain a good degree in Physics, and they find the range of transferable skills acquired during the course particularly attractive. 

Physicists are trained to solve a wide range of problems and are equipped with skills of numeracy, analysis, practical experimentation, computing, teamwork, and both written and verbal communication. This allows them to explore careers in many areas including pure research, telecommunications, microelectronics, renewable energy, nuclear power and instrumentation, cryogenics, astronomy, geophysics, medical physics, materials science, information technology, commerce and management.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

There are various forms of support available to you when you study at LJMU. From the moment you enrol at the University, a personal tutor will meet you regularly on a one-to-one basis to discuss your personal development needs. At the same time, teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy, which means you can consult them at any time if you have issues with your work. We provide academic counselling and advice on your yearly choice of modules and learning support sessions to develop your key skills are provided right from the start of the course.

This course has the added advantage of being able to offer you financial support in the form of University of Liverpool scholarships and bursaries.

Course details

If you are excited by the thought of studying one of the most challenging and fundamental of sciences in one of the best physics departments in the UK, the BSc (Hons) Physics and Astronomy provides an excellent grounding for a career as a research physicist or astronomer.

You will be taught by world-leading academics and benefit from specialist facilities at both universities, including a purpose-built astrophysics teaching laboratory. You will also have access to a number of observatories so you can perfect your skills in astronomical measurement and experience using state-of-the-art detector technology.

In the second year you can spend a week at the Izana Observatory on Tenerife or alternatively undertake a week-long project at the Astrophysics Research Institute.

In your final year you have access to the largest robotically controlled telescope in the world – LJMU’s own two-metre aperture Liverpool Telescope, which is sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands. You will also have the chance to use our own city-centre observatory equipped with a 12-inch computer controlled telescope.

In Level 4, you will cover core physical and mathematical techniques and the main strands of physics, but there is the flexibility to specialise as the course progresses. If, at the end of Level 4, you decide that astronomy isn’t for you, you have the option to transfer to another of our physics programmes. You can also transfer to the four year MPhys at the end of Level 5.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4
  • Newtonian Dynamics
  • Material Universe
  • Computer Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Practical Physics
  • Wave Phenomena
  • Modern Physics
  • Introduction to Astronomy   
Level 5   
  • Electromagnetism
  • Condensed Matter
  • Computing Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Practical Astrophysics
  • Quantum and Atomic Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Level 6   
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Galaxies
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Advanced Observational Astrophysics
  • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Research Project
  • Particle Physics
  • Accelerators and Radioisotopes in Medicine
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Surface Physics
  • Physics of Life
  • Materials Physics
  • Physics of Energy Sources
  • Semiconductor Applications
  • Practical Astronomy

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via lectures, tutorials, practicals, project work and science communication assignments in addition to private study time.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

As this course is taught by academics at both LJMU and the University of Liverpool, you will benefit from both institutions' world-class teaching and research. In addition to astrophysics, your tutors have particular expertise in high-energy particle physics, nuclear structure, condensed matter physics and surface science, all of which feeds into the course content. 

The team is committed to helping you reach your full potential, both in your studies and your future career plans. This is why they operate an ‘open door’ policy and provide regular one-to-one support.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

Most modules are assessed by a two or three-hour exam in January or May in addition to coursework assessments which might be homework, class tests, mini-project work or key skills exercises. Practical modules are assessed entirely by coursework. If you undertake a major project, it will be assessed by two independent examiners and you will be expected to give a presentation to fellow students and staff assessors. The final degree result is based on the last two years of this three-year programme.
 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

128

Application and selection

​As this is a joint degree with the University of Liverpool you can find the latest application and selection requirements for this course on this webpage

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: Maths and Physics
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? No
  • Average A Level offer: ABB

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Not acceptable
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Not acceptable

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Not acceptable

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Not acceptable

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Not acceptable

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Not acceptable

Additional entry requirement information

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

This degree opens the gateway to careers in research, development and teaching as well as in computing, business and finance. 

LJMU graduates have gone on to secure employment in:   

  • pure research
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics
  • renewable energy
  • nuclear power and instrumentation
  • cryogenics
  • astronomy
  • geophysics
  • medical physics
  • materials science
  • iformation technology
  • commerce and management

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

Once you graduate you will be eligible to join the Institute of Physics to obtain Chartered Physicist status.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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