King's College London
Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons)
King's College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology MSci course will give you an understanding of fundamental aspects of physics, astrophysics and cosmology covering areas such as special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, the physics of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. Approximately one quarter of the course is astrophysics and cosmology related. You’ll carry out extensive astrophysics or cosmology related project work in your fourth year to gain an insight into the skills and conduct of scientific research. You’ll be taught by academic staff who have links to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the LIGO gravitational wave observatory.

Key benefits

  • Award winning: six former staff and students in the Physics department are Nobel Prize winners.

  • Research lies at the heart of our department, so you’ll be taught by internationally renowned scientists.

  • Study the skies using King’s own rooftop observatory and telescope.

  • You’ll have access to our newly refurbished laboratory facilities, located in the heart of London.

    Please see our online prospectus for further details on this programme: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/physics-with-astrophysics-and-cosmology-msci

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

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 43 graduates of Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons) at King's College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Astrophysics.

Overall student satisfaction
65 /100
43 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons) at King's College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30000 £27500 £36000
25-75 percentile range £26000 - £36500 £21000 - £31500 £25000 - £39500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Astrophysics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27461 £28395 £32495
25-75 percentile range £23766 - £31635 £21885 - £35927 £25248 - £43316

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology, Msci (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons) at King's College London

25% Information Technology Professionals
15% Finance Professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Legal professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Media Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. AAA including A in both Mathematics and Physics OR A*AB including A* Mathematics and A in Physics OR A*AB including A in Mathematics and A* in Physics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject). This must include substantial focus at Level 3 (with Distinction) on both Mathematics and Physics.

Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Must include Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics.

Including either 6,6,6 at Higher Level with HL6 in both Mathematics and Physics OR 7,6,5 at Higher Level including HL7 in Mathematics and HL6 in Physics OR 7,6,5 at Higher Level including HL6 in Mathematics and HL7 in Physics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.

Must include Higher Mathematics and Physics.

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Three Pre-U Principal subjects at either: D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both Mathematics and Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D2 Mathematics and D3 Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D3 Mathematics and D2 Physics.

Required subjects: Physics and Mathematics

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill
PTE Academic 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT) 92 overall with 23 in writing and 20 in the other skills
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Trinity ISE Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill
Institution's Own Test Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 6.5
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology, Msci (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology Msci (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

For International fees and information, please see the course details on our online prospectus: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index

The fees stated are for entry in the forthcoming September. If you are applying for deferred entry, to commence the following September, fees may be subject to change.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of King's College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of King's College London in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #27 
    • #47 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #9 
    • #91 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #81 
    • #276 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #93 
    • #348 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #30 
    • #40 
    Physics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #12 
    • #101 
    Physics
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #30 
    • #39 
    Physics & Astronomy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #79 
    Physics & Astronomy
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

See all university rankings of King's College London

What students say about studying Astrophysics in the UK?

  • A (Weekend) Day in My Life as an Astrophysics Graduate Student
  • What is Astrophysics | Why Astrophysics | Physics Concepts Explanation
  • Week in the Life of an Astrophysics Major | Jaycie Bishop
  • Day in the Life of an Astrophysics University Student (During Exams)
  • A Day in the life of Astrophysicists
  • what it's really like as an astrophysics major

About King's College London

King’s College London (KCL) was established in 1892 and is located in the very centre of London. International students can start by taking KCL’s International Foundation, a one-year course intended to improve your knowledge on a particular subject while bringing your English to a level where you’re comfortable studying and communicating. The famous city of London offers innumerable advantages to young students, including myriad work opportunities, reliable and extensive public transport, and abundant entertainment options.

  • King’s College London | A day in the life of a postgraduate student
  • Student nurses tell us about their experience at King's College Hospital
  • King’s & London
  • Study at King’s: experiences that resonate
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law: The Student Experience
  • Student advice – London on a budget

Where is this programme taught

Central London
map marker Show on map
Main Site - Strand
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
University of Keele 82% 0% 15% £9250 £16000 105 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
Royal Holloway, University of London 71% 0% 15% £9250 £23200 150 Egham On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 89% 0% 0% £9000 £23450 153 Cardiff On campus Full-time
University of Keele 89% 4% 15% £9250 £17000 107 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
University of Keele 74% 0% 9% £9250 £17900 127 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
University of Keele 84% 5% 15% £9250 £17000 103 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
University of Keele 74% 0% 9% £9250 £14700 127 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
The University of Sheffield 84% 0% 0% £9250 £25670 145 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 64% 10% 15% £9250 £19500 187 Dundee On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 64% 10% 15% £2250 £12750 187 Manchester On campus Part-time