Understand the Universe while developing highly regarded knowledge and skills in the foundations and applications of physics. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Study astrophysics 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 at the same time both the basis of understanding our cosmos and much in demand in modern industry. Physics at Portsmouth has achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey for three consecutive years. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE This degree shares the new laboratories built with a major investment of funds. Advanced equipment, including our local supercomputer SCIAMA, ensures you gain valuable skills that will make you highly employable in many sectors. You will be taught by world-leading researchers, including members of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. Physics research at Portsmouth was ranked in the top ten nationally 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? This degree is for those fascinated by the big question about the cosmos and wanting a three-year course with the option of an additional sandwich year in 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 and complicated problems is in high demand in many sectors of the economy and ensures that our graduates are highly employable. AFTER THE COURSE You may expect to go on to research through higher degrees or to be employed in a 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, students 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.