The MPhys Physics with Astronomy has an emphasis on astronomy and observational techniques and is ideal for those interested in fundamental questions about our Universe. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of physics and astronomy as well as gaining a wide range of mathematical and computational skills. Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this five-year programme goes into greater depth than the BSc course, allowing you to further develop your sophisticated knowledge of the subject. Studying alongside internationally respected physicists whose work is providing the basis for revolutionary innovations, you will be part of an exciting and friendly environment and have access to state-of-the-art apparatus, including lasers, X-ray sources and electronics. This programme includes a professional placement year in industry, commerce, government or another relevant placement provider approved by the University which will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in the field. The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors which require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •The opportunity to learn in a department which has a strong commitment to research and is home to one of the UK’s largest Astronomy research groups •The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery •A large research project in your final year •Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work in the School’s laboratory facilities •An emphasis on independent learning •The opportunity to follow a professional placement year in industry The course contains all the core content required for the degree to be accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).