Astrophysics involves the application of the laws of physics to distant regions that cannot be accessed by man-made apparatus, and in which the physical conditions can only be interpreted from the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted.
You will learn about our Sun and Solar System, the stars and our Galaxy, distant galaxies and quasars and the beginning of the Universe in the Big Bang. In addition, you will learn how to apply basic physics in situations that are often extreme compared with those on Earth.
Students usually perform at least two sets of observations at Jodrell Bank Observatory, where a dedicated undergraduate radio observatory based on a seven-metre telescope enables you to make your own observations.
You may also observe the night sky at visible wavelengths. Examples include using a solar telescope to observe the sun in your first year, imaging the moon in your second year, and using optical telescopes both in Manchester and at Jodrell Bank to analyse light from stars in your third year.