501–600 th
World University Rankings 2020
57 th
University Impact Ranking 2019
61 st
Young University Rankings 2012
Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, United Kingdom

Astrophysics and Computer Science

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Computer Science. Astrophysics at Keele is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey (No. 1 for Physics/Astronomy in 2016 and 2017, with 100% satisfaction). Combining Astrophysics with Computer Science allows you to continue following your interests across a broader, multidisciplinary landscape, whilst still providing the core knowledge and skills leading to a degree that is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Astrophysicists seek to understand the universe, from its smallest constituents to the largest possible scales. The language of the universe is physics and mathematics; Astrophysics students study these, along with computational and statistical techniques, and apply their skills to tackling problems as diverse as stellar interiors, black holes and the evolution of the universe itself. Taking Astrophysics as part of a Combined Honours degree, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of physics and the essential ability to plan investigations, analyse results and present your work. Regular laboratory sessions, including access to our on-campus observatory, enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and develop valuable transferable skills such as scientific writing and programming. The Computer Science course offers a first-rate environment with dedicated computing labs open 24/7 and cutting edge equipment in our MakerSpace. You’ll study research informed modules that relate to work being carried out within the School. Our excellent central location is ideal for industrial placements, with over 40 companies situated on the Keele Science Park alone. In a mixture of interactive lectures and computer lab based sessions, you’ll learn to use technology to create new opportunities and to solve a wide range of problems, benefiting every aspect of society from the home to business, government and beyond. Our teaching is informed by our cuttingedge research, and also reflects what’s happening now in industry. This includes areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer games development, human-computer interaction, software engineering, web development, mobile application development, evolutionary systems and cybersecurity. As part of a Combined Honours degree, Astrophysics at Keele will prepare you for many different careers. You could take up roles as a research scientist, medical physicist, or enter the space, telecommunications or nuclear industries. Or instead, you may find employment that is not directly related to physics or astrophysics, such as a science writer, chartered accountant or IT consultant. Our Computer Science degrees build the essential skills which are in demand from employers looking for systems analysts, programmers, web/app developers, interface designers, data scientists, software engineers and consultants. You’ll graduate with a wide range of computing and employability skills plus a highly developed approach to problem solving. Many of our graduates go on to study for master’s degrees or perform research at a doctoral level.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Sandwich with time abroad
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
    2020-09-26
  • Location
    Main Site,KeeleUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250