Year 1: In first year you will survey the observable universe on all scales: from planets through stars and galaxies to cosmology; and gain a basic understanding of the core theoretical and observational principles of modern astronomy.
Typical courses include: Dynamical and positional astronomy: Observational astronomy; The solar system; The stars; Compact objects; Galaxies and cosmology.
You will also study two other subjects in year 1 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Year 2: In second year you will study key aspects of astronomy and astrophysics in greater depth and undergo further training in the use of optical and radio telescopes.
Typical courses include: Theoretical astrophysics; Observational astrophysics; Stars and their spectra; Relativity and cosmology.
You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3, 4 and 5: If you successfully complete the courses in first and second year, you may progress to Honours (years three and four). Astronomy can only be taken as a Joint Honours degree with either Physics, Mathematics or Applied Mathematics: it cannot be taken as a single Honours degree.
2020 entry requirements
Standard entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AAAA or AAABB (first sitting) including Maths and Physics at AB or BA or 6 Highers at AAAAAB (two sittings with a min ABBB after S5) including Maths and Physics (at the end of S5) plus Advanced Higher Maths or Physics at B.
Widening access entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AABB or ABBBB including Maths and Physics. May be considered for entry with BBBB. Completion of pre-entry programme is necessary.
College of Science and Engineering
Physics and Astronomy