Become a professional physicists with research skills in astrophysics and cosmology. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Study astrophyscis and cosmology taught by leading scientists from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. This is a new course, offering the opportunity for you to work in a small cohesive group, learning the right blend of physics, mathematics and computational skills that are both the basis of understanding our cosmos and much in demand in contemporary industry. Advanced courses in the year 4 and research projects give students the opportunity to engage in contemporary world-leading research. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The 4th year of the course is developed around a major theoretical, computational or observational project. Access to the latest astronomical data via the experts of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and advanced analytical and computing equipment, including the local supercomputer SCIAMA, ensure you gain valuable skills that offer the possibility of further research as PhD students or make you highly employable in the rapidly developing global economy. You will develop high-level research skills in the theoretical or observational study of stars, galaxies and the the Universe at large. Physics research at Portsmouth was ranked in the top ten for quality of research outputs in 2014. A dedicated employer engagement officer supports the development of employability skills through a variety of opportunities and assists with finding placements. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? The degree is for those fascinated by the big question about the cosmos, wanting a four year course and wishing to become professional physicists in research or employment. An enthusiasm for understanding how fundamental physical theories can be harnessed to study stars, galaxies and the universe at large is essential. You should also be keen to develop strong mathematical, computational and data analysis skills that will enable you to add value in research or employment. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED The skills developed to understand stars, galaxies and the Universe at large make astrophysicists exceptional problem solvers. Ultimately, this ability to use a blend of mathematical and physical theories and computational methods to solve new complicated problems is in high demand in many sectors of the economy and ensures that our graduates are highly employable. The research project in year 4 at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation will provide specific knowledge and expertise in frontier areas of astrophysical research, highly transferable advanced skills for employment in the industry or research at PhD level. AFTER THE COURSE You may expect to go on to research through a PhD program or to be employed in positions requiring well-developed mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills. The skills the degree engenders are in high demand across a wide range of employment types from financial modelling and aerospace development to climate change modelling. For example, graduates have gone on to success at postgraduate level, as PhD students in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in Portsmouth and at many other prestigious institutions in the UK.