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Why study with us

Here at Cardiff's School of Physics and Astronomy, not only will you discover exciting scientific research at its cutting-edge, but you will also be part of a friendly, approachable School, where staff will do their very best to help you develop the skills and abilities which will allow you to be successful in your future career. There are so many reasons to study with us!

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Skills for life

You will learn to investigate the secrets of the universe while acquiring analytic and mathematical skills that will give you a head start in your chosen career.

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Valued by our students

Our students consistently give us high satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey (averaging over 90% for the last five years).

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Excellent career opportunities

You will have excellent career opportunities. 93% of our graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating according to the latest graduate employment survey.

Studying physics and astronomy at Cardiff will give you knowledge and skills that will serve you for a lifetime. We are a small and friendly department and we really value our students and provide the support that they need to reach their full potential, and achieve their chosen career.
Dr Chris North Senior Lecturer
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Head of Public Engagement

Courses

Entry year

Astrophysics (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

The BSc in Astrophysics is a three-year undergraduate degree that covers the core physical and mathematical concepts with a clear focus on our interpretation of the Universe.

Astrophysics (MPhys)

Full time, 4 years

The MPhys in Astrophysics is a four-year undergraduate degree where you can explore the fields of astronomy and astrophysics in depth while developing a solid grounding in physics and maths that will give you excellent career opportunities.

Physics (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

The BSc Physics degree is designed to give you a broad physics education and, in addition, supply you with a wide range of mathematical and computational skills.

Physics (MPhys)

Full time, 4 years

This is an ideal course for those who have a passion for physics and wish to explore the subject in greater depth, while developing advanced mathematical, computing and problem solving skills.

Physics with Astronomy (MPhys)

Full time, 4 years

Our four year undergraduate degree in Physics with Astronomy will allow you to follow your passion for astronomy while developing your skills in the core disciplines, which will help you to achieve your ideal career.

Physics with Astronomy (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our Physics and Astronomy degree offers you the opportunity to study the science behind the evolution of our Universe while gaining solid skills in physics, mathematics and computing, all of which are sought after in many professions.

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement (BSc)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 4 years

You will be able to pursue your interest in Physics and Astronomy, while developing skills in mathematics and computing, and taking a placement year which will enhance your employability skills.

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement (MPhys)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 5 years

This degree course with a placement opportunity allows you to pursue your interest in Astronomy and Physics, while giving you the employability skills needed to obtain your ideal career.

Physics with Medical Physics (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

The course is designed to give you the core skills you need in physics, mathematics and computing, as well as an understanding of how they are applied to the many specialist areas of medical physics.

Physics with Professional Placement (BSc)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 4 years

This four year course is for people who take a real interest in the world around them and who have enquiring minds, but who also want to acquire the core skills most valued by employers.

Physics with Professional Placement (MPhys)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 5 years

You will explore the physics that helps us understand the Universe, acquire advanced skills in physics, mathematics and computing, and have the opportunity to spend a placement year in industry, business or the public sector.

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Hear from our staff

Listen to Dr Chris North, our Director of Admissions and Recruitment, as he takes you through our courses in physics and astronomy, and outlines the support we provide for you.

Prof. Haley Gomez wraps up TEDxCardiff 2015 with an incredible talk about the important place dust has in our understanding of the universe.

Prof. Haley Gomez at TEDxCardiff - We Are All Stardust

Prof. Haley Gomez wraps up TEDxCardiff 2015 with an incredible talk about the important place dust has in our understanding of the universe.

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University and Dr David Clements of Imperial College London describe their discovery of phosphine on Venus, indicating the possibility of life in the clouds above the planet.

Have we discovered signs of life on Venus?

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University and Dr David Clements of Imperial College London describe their discovery of phosphine on Venus, indicating the possibility of life in the clouds above the planet.

Find out more about the exciting modules you'll study in 2021

Introducing our new 2021 modules

Find out more about the exciting modules you'll study in 2021

Let Dr Chris North take you on a journey into the science behind black holes.

Taster Lecture: Black Holes

Let Dr Chris North take you on a journey into the science behind black holes.

A degree in physics opens the doors to so many different careers. We build employability skills into our curriculum and have a dedicated careers service to help you every step of the way.

Careers in Physics

A degree in physics opens the doors to so many different careers. We build employability skills into our curriculum and have a dedicated careers service to help you every step of the way.

Hear from our students

Our current students share their views and tell you what makes us stand out.

What makes us special?

Our current students share their views and tell you what makes us stand out.

Students share their advice, valuable for anyone thinking about applying for a Physics and Astronomy course at Cardiff University.

What advice do our current students have?

Students share their advice, valuable for anyone thinking about applying for a Physics and Astronomy course at Cardiff University.

Student Jenifer talks about the amazing opportunities she's benefitted from here at our School.

What's the best thing about physics at Cardiff?

Student Jenifer talks about the amazing opportunities she's benefitted from here at our School.

Joelle tells you what it was like studying in the School of Physics and Astronomy and talks about what she is doing now.

Physics and Astronomy: A graduate's view

Joelle tells you what it was like studying in the School of Physics and Astronomy and talks about what she is doing now.

Joe graduated in 2018 with a Physics degree and now runs his own aerospace company building rockets. Listen to Joe's story.

Physics and Astronomy: A graduate's view

Joe graduated in 2018 with a Physics degree and now runs his own aerospace company building rockets. Listen to Joe's story.

Recent MPhys graduate Lille shares her experiences and gives an insight into studying Physics at Cardiff University.

Physics and Astronomy: A graduate's view

Recent MPhys graduate Lille shares her experiences and gives an insight into studying Physics at Cardiff University.

Learn more about the School of Physics and Astronomy

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Graduate case studies

A physics degree gives you the power to make a difference. It teaches you to think, problem-solve, explain, and to grow your mathematical and engineering skills, allowing you to follow many different career paths. Check out where previous graduates have ended up.

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Add to your CV

Students are encouraged to share their passion and enthusiasm for science and to develop skills in public engagement if they desire. This might include attending local events, developing educational resources for teachers, working with schools, or seeking public input into research.

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We value equality and diversity

The School of Physics and Astronomy is strongly committed to equality and diversity and values all of its students and staff. We have recently been awarded Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics for our commitment to women in physics.

Explore Cardiff University

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Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

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Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student support

Get free, impartial and confidential advice on disability and dyslexia, money, careers, counselling and more.

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Student Life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

Next steps

Download our School of Physics and Astronomy brochure.

Find out about the School of Physics and Astronomy and learn more about the exciting range of courses available.

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