University of Keele
Astrophysics and Geology BSc (Hons)
University of Keele

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Physics and Astronomy

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Astronomy 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 £22000 £23500 £29500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £17500 - £30000 £19000 - £36000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Physics and Astronomy

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23440 £25005 £29350
25-75 percentile range £20239 - £27176 £19041 - £31396 £22183 - £37554

Course Description

Set in 600 acres of countryside in North Staffordshire, we have one of the largest and most beautiful campuses in Britain. We’re proud to be No.2 in England for Student Satisfaction with Course (Guardian University League Table, 2020), investing more than £140m in our campus in the last ten years, including £45m new science laboratories. In 2021 we were proud to be awarded Sustainability Institution of the Year at the prestigious Green Gown Awards as part of our mission to become a carbon neutral campus by 2030. We're committed to supporting you to achieve your career goals, and have a dedicated Careers and Employability team who can assist you to navigate your options beyond Keele.

This programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Geology. In Astrophysics, you will learn to formulate and tackle problems – from below the level of the atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Geology is a science fundamental to modern day living, with geologists discovering society’s major resource needs including metals, minerals, energy and groundwater.

Astrophysics is active wherever the laws of physics are being tested to the limit – and beyond. Keele will help you to use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop theories explaining some of the most complex phenomena.

You’ll develop your mathematics and computing skills, and apply them to solving a range of problems in the laboratory and beyond (you’ll have access to Keele’s own on-site observatory). We are committed to supporting you throughout your studies, providing you flexible access to our staff to seek advice or feedback.

Alongside this you will be studying Geology. The combined honours geology course at Keele covers a range of topics which may include looking at rocks, minerals and fossils and geological processes. On this course, we aim to focus particularly on applied research skills which will encourage you to collect, analyse and interpret different types of geological data, and to carry out your own research using specialist software and equipment. It may also cover geological processes such as earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics, and how these processes produce different geological materials.

Geology is a practical subject with applied problem-solving laboratory classes and field courses where you will learn how to interpret and map geological features, and explore for future geological resources. You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources. You will also explore subject specific-skills like the ability to manipulate, analyse and present geospatial data using industry standard GIS and drawing software.

This combined course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and is also accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Accredited by the Geological Society for the purpose of partially meeting the experience requirement for Chartered Geologist.

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

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Astrophysics and Geology, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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

Required skill level of job after 15 months

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

Example below based on all graduates of Astrophysics and Geology BSc (Hons) at University of Keele

30% Natural and social science professionals
20% Elementary occupations
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Engineering professionals

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Astronomy

Qualification requirements

To include A level Physics or Maths at grade B or above. If A level Maths is presented without A level Physics please contact Admissions.

112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. To include sufficient units in Physics and/or Maths. Please contact us for advice.

To include Higher level Physics at 6 or above or Higher level Maths at 6 or above plus Higher level Physics at 4 or above.

You must also have taken sufficient Physics and Maths units, please contact us for advice.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Astrophysics and Geology, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Astrophysics and Geology BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £17000 year 1
International £17000 year 1

Additional fee information

These are provisional fees and subject to change

Average student cost of living in the UK

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 University of Keele in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Keele in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #24 
    • #30 
    Geography & Environmental Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #20 
    • #25 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #30 
    • #301 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #32 
    • #768 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #42 
    • #301 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

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About University of Keele

Established in 1949, Keele University is located in the rural setting of the large town of Newcastle under Lyme. The university’s facilities are all within walking distance from the centre of campus, including Union Square where students can find a Pharmacy, the Library, and even a student Post Office. Students can choose between an impressive selection of courses at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as between five different modern and spacious residence halls.

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