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I’m not sure whether to apply to do straight physics or physics with astrophysics at uni? I know I want to study physics and I do find astrophysics interesting but I’ve seen physics with astrophysics students tends to have higher satisfaction and higher average salaries after graduating. I was wondering if both degrees valued at the same level or if one is valued more over the other? If u can help thanks!!!
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Straight physics will give you the chance to take a wide variety of optional courses if you are still unsure. You can also take astrophysics options within a straight physics degree. A lot of unis let you switch between the 2 courses in the 1st and 2nd year (provided you've taken the relevant astrophysics courses). There may be other areas of physics eg biophysics, condensed matter physics or nanophysics that you're more interested in.

In physics and astrophysics you usually have a bit less choice when it comes to choosing modules. This is because the astrophysics courses are compulsory. If you do physics with astrophysics there is a smaller group of people and lecturers within your course who get to know each other quite well as you all do the smaller astrophysics modules together, which is more personal than being in a 100 person lecture. I think this is a nice advantage to physics with astrophysics and is probably a big reason about why there is a higher satisfaction. Another thing with astrophysics is that there is a lot of programming. If this is something you're interested in then great and it definitely is something that makes you very employable after graduating. However, a lot of people realise that they absolutely hate programming so maybe test it out beforehand.
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I’m not sure whether to apply to do straight physics or physics with astrophysics at uni? I know I want to study physics and I do find astrophysics interesting but I’ve seen physics with astrophysics students tends to have higher satisfaction and higher average salaries after graduating. I was wondering if both degrees valued at the same level or if one is valued more over the other? If u can help thanks!!!
These are probably the same content-wise for the first two years; maybe there's one different module in second year and then you'll actually specialise in third year. And you can switch even after you start. So just pick whatever and don't feel like you're locked into this, because you're not.
Not going to matter much unless you want to go into further study after.
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I’m not sure whether to apply to do straight physics or physics with astrophysics at uni? I know I want to study physics and I do find astrophysics interesting but I’ve seen physics with astrophysics students tends to have higher satisfaction and higher average salaries after graduating. I was wondering if both degrees valued at the same level or if one is valued more over the other? If u can help thanks!!!
Hi AmyCantArt

I'm a current student at the University of Hull.

My advice in regards to choosing between BSc Physics and BSc Physics with Astrophysics is to compare the two-course. Look at the module choices which each course offers. Compare the opportunities which each course provides you with.
Also, go with what interests you. If there are more modules of interest on one course than the other than that is probably more likely to be the degree for you to complete.

We offer both courses at hull - https://www.hull.ac.uk/faculties/sub...d-astrophysics
but also look at other universities and their courses and see what they offer. It is likely that each university will offer something slightly different.

Hope this helps

Emily

PhD History Candidate
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