Mathematics and Astrophysics

Combine applied maths and gain an advanced understanding of the physical structure and evolution of the universe.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Astrophysics

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Mathematical models and applications are behind all of today’s scientific developments. Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. This course combines modules from mathematics and astrophysics.

You will study both pure and application-driven mathematics. By the time you finish your degree, you will be able to use maths to solve practical problems. Computers are used extensively in modern maths and we will introduce you to various mathematical software preparing you for industry.

At the same time, you’ll study astrophysics. You’ll learn fundamental physics, from astronomical phenomena to quantum mechanics. As the course progresses, you’ll study topics such as space physics and astronomy, stars and planetary systems, galaxies, and the universe.

Our active Physics and Maths student societies run various events every year. The Physics Society arranges annual international trips to notable physics-linked locations. In the past, these have included the European Space Agency, CERN and The Niels Bohr Institute. They also offer excellent peer support. You can meet with students from all year groups to help guide you through the more challenging aspects of the course.

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This course will be taught by the Dundee School of Science and Engineering

Why Study this Degree

The demand for people with mathematical qualifications is considerable, and a degree that includes mathematics is a highly marketable asset.

As an astrophysics graduate, you will have a broad knowledge base in theoretical and applied science, and be able to solve both abstract and concrete problems.

You will be able to choose from an ever-widening range of careers in science, research, industry, engineering, commerce, finance and education.

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.