Physics with Astronomy MPhys - 2019/0

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MPhys Physics with Astronomy

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
BSc (Hons) Physics with Astronomy
Ord Physics with Astronomy
DipHE Physics
CertHE Physics

Professional recognition

Institute of Physics (IOP)
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCK21008 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Physics, astronomy and astrophysics

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Physics

Programme Leader

NOEL Noelia (Physics)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Develop students' base of knowledge, understanding and practical/computing skills, plus their mathematical, conceptual, communication and problem-solving skills, so as to prepare them for employment or further study with the expertise expected of a physicist
  • Allow students flexibility in studying specialist subjects in areas of physics, astrophysics or astronomy or in other areas of interest that are related to likely professional pathways for physics graduates
  • Count towards qualifying graduates for AMlnstP, MInstP and Chartered Physicist status with the loP
  • Provide specialist knowledge and develop understanding in astronomy

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Physics Fundamentals: electromagnetism, quantum + classical mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, properties of matter K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Mathematical methods and concepts appropriate to the description of physics and physics problems K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Specialised topics appropriate for a "with Astronomy" component, through dedicated modules on astronomy K DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Scientific method as demonstrated by development of theories and planning of experiments K CertHE, DipHE, Ord
Practical methods for performing and analysing experiments K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Appropriate IT + computer programming methods K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Conceptualise practical and abstract problems in physics and related areas C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Identify relevant principles in physics problems C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Formulate mathematical methods of description, solution of problems in physics and related areas C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Formulate mathematical models for computer C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Descriptions of physical phenomena C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Cognise numerical data C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Interpret data taking into account possible incompleteness, experimental and statistical error C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Use existing qualitative and/or good understanding of physical theories to assimilate new theories and information C Ord, BSc (Hons)
Formulate suitable methods of presentation of data to communicate results effectively C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Develop combined independent and team research group working skills C MPhys
Plan + execute an experiment/investigation P Ord, BSc (Hons)
Analyse numerical results of an experiment or investigation and evaluate and interpret experimental errors and significance P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Use appropriate IT with familiarity P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Competently and effectively present numerical and graphical data, including use of appropriate computer packages P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Clearly and accurately communicate results, including report writing P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Plan and undertake an individual project and access relevant literature P BSc (Hons)
Show sound familiarity with basic physics apparatus P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Show understanding and use of advanced techniques (e.g. apparatus use, programming, mathematics) relevant to the particular MPhys placement P MPhys
Formulate problems into soluble form T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Solve problems with well-defined solutions T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Solve open-ended problems T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Undertake independent investigations T BSc (Hons)
Read demanding texts T DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Communicate complex information in a clear and concise fashion T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Manipulate precise and intricate ideas T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Construct logical arguments T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Pick up and use new IT packages T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Pick up and use new computer languages T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Integrated Master-s Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6, 7). This programme included an integrated research year. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor-s Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor-s Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 3 (Semester 2) - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 (Semester 2) - FHEQ Level 6


Year 4 (Semester 1) - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Module Selection for Year 4 (Semester 1) - FHEQ Level 7


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) Y
Dual degree N

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.