University of Surrey
Guildford, South East, UK
Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons)
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
Personal statement: Should be approximately 500 words long.
Two references are required.Two references for the applicant's academic and professional ability must be supplied.
About The Program
About The University
6.0 (Min Reading: 5.5, Min Writing: 5.5, Min Listening: 5.5, Min Speaking: 5.5)
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This is a 4 years Course with professional training placement.
Our BSc and MPhys Physics with Astronomy courses will teach you about our place in the cosmos. You’ll learn about cutting-edge theories of the origin of the Universe and life itself, and have the opportunity to carry out original research with leading scientists in the field.
We’re home to fantastic astronomy facilities, including our own teaching and outreach telescopes that you’ll use to get hands-on observation experience, as well as high-performance computing and GPU clusters.
A unique aspect of both courses is our placement programme:
As part of our BSc course, you can take up a paid year-long placement in an industry research laboratory or company, gaining valuable industry-relevant experience as part of your degree
On our MPhys course you will take up a year-long research placement that can be in one of our world-leading research groups, or at one of our partner institutions all over the world.
What you will study
Our Physics with Astronomy courses will teach you the core elements of traditional physics – from classical mechanics and electromagnetism to quantum mechanics.
You’ll then specialise in astrophysics, studying the formation and evolution of stars, planets, galaxies and the Universe as a whole. You will learn about the search for life beyond Earth, gravitational waves, and the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
You’ll also be able to carry out a research project within one of our world-leading research groups.
You can apply to study for either a BSc or an MPhys, a direct route to a masters qualification. If you study for an MPhys, you’ll spend a year doing research before returning for a final year of masters-level modules.
You may have the option to switch to a BSc or MPhys during your studies. Find out more about the benefits of an integrated masters degree.
Surrey’s Department of Physics boasts extensive facilities including our teaching and outreach telescope, recently-refurbished computer lab and undergraduate teaching laboratories. We’ve recently installed a new student observatory for astronomy, which can be used both by students for assessed laboratory experiments and by enthusiasts for informal use.
The Department has also recently benefitted from a £3.5 million refurbishment of its research laboratories, which our undergraduate students use as they carry out their final-year research projects.
The University of Surrey is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.
Our new Astrophysics Research Group provides both computational and observational undergraduate research projects in astronomy and astrophysics, from star and galaxy formation to gravitational waves and cosmology.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Physicists are highly sought after in industry, research, education, management, medicine, law and business because of their broad practical skills, coupled with advanced scientific knowledge.
Our courses will provide you with the analytical, experimental and computational skills valued in a wide variety of careers.
With optional modules such as nuclear astrophysics, soft matter and biological physics and cosmology and galaxy formation, our courses will provide you with the analytical, experimental and computational skills valued in a wide variety of careers.
As a Surrey physics student, you’ll learn a range of employability skills during your studies. You will take a dedicated Year 1 module – Scientific Investigation Skills – which covers essential communication skills, group work and presentations, and problem solving in the laboratory. We also support you with building your CV, interview preparation and job applications.
Students who take either the Professional Training Year or Research Year placements also get invaluable employment experience at their host institution.
After your course, you may decide to become a professional scientist, but physics opens many other doors too. Your skills will be valued by a wide range of employers in areas such as journalism, law, IT, education and finance. Recent graduates are now employed in roles such as:
Senior Development Engineer, Fourth State Medicine Ltd
Research Scientist RF and Microwave Metrologist, National Physical Laboratory
System Analyst, Raytheon Systems Ltd
Automation Tester, CGI
Graduate Physicist, DSTL
Graduate Engineer, Aktins
Trainee Clinical Scientist, NHS.
Equally, many of our graduates go on to take masters courses in a range of subjects, such as geophysics, nanotechnology, meteorology, quantum field theory, education management and science communication.
Others, particularly those with an MPhys degree, choose to pursue PhDs in astrophysics, semiconductors or photonics materials science, nuclear physics and semiconductors and photonics, among others.
The University of Surrey is a public research university in Guildford, England. The university received its royal charter in 1966, along with a number of other institutions following recommendations in the Robbins Report. The University of Surrey began as the Battersea Polytechnic Institute founded in 1891 under the City of London Parochial Charities Act (1883) scheme to establish Polytechnic Institutes throughout London. The university's research output and global partnerships have led to it being regarded as one of the UK's leading research universities.
Surrey is a member of the Association of MBAs and is one of four universities in the University Global Partnership Network. Surrey is also part of the SETsquared partnership along with the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, the University of Southampton and the University of Exeter. A major centre for satellite and mobile communications research, Surrey is in partnership with King's College London and the University of Dresden to develop 5G technology worldwide. It also holds a number of formal links with institutions worldwide, including the Surrey International Institute, launched in partnership with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. Surrey has been awarded three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for its research, with the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranking 78% of the university's research outputs as "world leading" or "internationally excellent".
The university's main campus is on Stag Hill, close to the centre of Guildford and adjacent to Guildford Cathedral. Surrey Sports Park is situated at the nearby Manor Park, the university's secondary campus. In addition, the university owns the Surrey Research Park, providing facilities for over 110 companies engaged in research. Among British universities, Surrey had the 14th highest average UCAS Tariff for new entrants in 2015. It is currently in the top 30 of the three main ranking compilations of universities in the United Kingdom, placing 23rd in both The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide, and 26th in The Guardian University Guide for 2019/20. In 2019, Surrey was ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for research partnerships with employers in the QS World Employability Rankings. Surrey was named as The Sunday Times University of the Year in 2016.
The chancellor of the university is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Current and emeritus academics at the university include ten Fellows of the Royal Society, twenty-one Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one Fellow of the British Academy and six Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences. Surrey has educated many notable alumni, including Olympic gold medallists, several senior politicians, as well as a number of notable persons in various fields including the arts, sports and academia. Graduates typically abbreviate the University of Surrey to Sur when using post-nominal letters after their degree.
The university conducts extensive research on small satellites, with its Surrey Space Centre and spin-off commercial company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, the University of Surrey received a 5* rating in the categories of "Sociology", "Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine", and "Electrical and Electronic Engineering" and a 5* rating in the categories of "Psychology", "Physics", "Applied Mathematics", "Statistics and Operational Research", "European Studies" and "Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages".
The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey opened in September 2015, for the purpose of research for the development of the first worldwide 5G network. It has gained over £40m support from international telecommunications companies including Aeroflex, MYCOM OSI, BBC, BT Group, EE (telecommunications company), Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Huawei, Ofcom, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Telefonica and Vodafone – and a further £11.6m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
In addition, the Surrey Research Park is a 28 ha (69-acre) low density development which is owned and developed by the university, providing large landscaped areas with water features and facilities for over 110 companies engaged in a broad spectrum of research, development and design activities. The university generates the third highest endowment income out of all UK universities "reflecting its commercially-orientated heritage."
Higher Secondary Certificate/Intermediate Certificate with a GPA of 5 out of 5 or 80% from science background
Post Secondary Certificate with 75% in ICSE/CBSE/ISC boards, 65% in West Bengal board & 80% in Other boards from science background
University does not accept applications from Nepal
University does not accept the Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate from Pakistan. However, if you do not meet the direct entry requirements for a course, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year programme at the University of Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey.
UK IGCSE or A-LEVELS
A Levels with 3 subjects with minimum ABB including Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).