Undergraduate Astrophysics

Degrees in Astrophysics are offered by the majority of universities on the island of Ireland. A list of astrophysics-related courses at undergraduate level are listed here along with a brief outline. However for more detail, please see the webpage at the relevant institution.

Dublin City University

A BSc degree in Physics with Astronomy is offered by the School of Physical Sciences in DCU for undergraduate students. This four-year course provides a solid background in core physics along with more astrophysics-specific topics including high-end computing, image processing and optics.
The first two years of the course focus on classical and modern physics along with some aspects of astronomy and computer programming. Third year students can go to a research observatory or work with a research group as part of their placement, while fourth year students are required to undertake a research project on an astrophysics related topic.

National University of Ireland, Galway

The School of Physics at NUIG offer a BSc degree in Physics with Astrophysics for undergraduate students. This is a four year course that combines modules in core physics, mathematics and computing with more specialised topics in astrophysics.
For the first two years of the course, the focus is on core topics, with the opportunity to use the on-site Imbusch Observatory as well as trips to astronomical sites throughout Ireland. in the third and fourth years, students have the opportunity to visit the Loiano Observatory in Bologna, Italy, while all students must undertake a research project in their fourth year.

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

The Department of Experimental Physics at NUIM offers a BSc degree in Physics with Astrophysics for undergraduate students. To do Physics with Astrophysics, students must choose four subjects in their first year including Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics. One of these subjects is then dropped in each of the following years.
The course includes modules in both core physics as well as astrophysics-specific modules that deal with Astronomical Techniques, Extragalactic Astrophysics and Stellar Structure and Evolution. In their fourth year, students are required to travel to the Observatoire de Haute-Provence in France as part of their final year project.

Queens University Belfast

The School of Mathematics and Physics at QUB offers a three year BSc degree in Physics with Astrophysics, although this can be extended to a MSci degree with an additional year of study. This course includes core physics modules in all three or four years as well as additional modules in astrophysics in years two, three and four.
As well as the different astrophysics modules, the course also includes substantial project work.

Trinity College Dublin

The School of Physics in Trinity College offer a BA (Mod) degree in Physics with Astrophysics for prospective undergraduate students. The course involves four years of study, with students entering through General Science (TR071) before specialising in Physics with Astrophysics in their third and fourth years.
The course includes core Physics courses as well as specialised Astrophysics modules including General Relativity, Instrument design and Stellar Astrophysics. Final year students are required to undertake a research project with previous projects including work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. More information can be found here.

University College Dublin

The School of Physics at UCD offers a BSc degree in Physics with Astronomy and Space Science for prospective undergraduate students. This course involves four years of study and includes core modules dealing with a broad range of different topics in physics as well as astrophysics-specific modules.
The course outlines many of the different techniques used in modern astrophysics and deals with topics including General Relativity, Cosmology and Stellar Astrophysics. In the fourth year, students undertake a project which can include trips to observatories for observing runs or mission design workshops.

University College Cork

The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science at UCC offers a BSc degree in Astrophysics for undergraduate students. The course involves four years of study and shares core physics modules with the other “hands-on” physics courses while offering specialised astrophysics modules.
The course contains modules in computational techniques as well as astrophysical topics including Gravitation and Cosmology and Observational Astrophysics. Students are required to gain “hands-on” observing experience using a research class (1.2m diameter mirror) telescope at the Kryoneri Observatory in Greece in their third year.