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I'm hoping to study Astrophysics at university next year, but haven't quite made my final choice as to which one to apply for.
I was wondering if anyone here has studied this at university, or knows anyone who has, as I'd be interested in your thoughts and opinions.
I think Hertfordshire is my favourite at the moment, with the huge Bayfordbury observatory. 8)

Thanks in advance,
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Post by ajb »

I don't work on astrophysics myself, but I can tell you about some of the groups I have come across, some do astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational physics and astronomy.

1)Manchester; http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/
2)Cardiff; http://www.astro.cardiff.ac.uk/
3)Sussex; http://astronomy.sussex.ac.uk/

Of course you then have Oxford and Cambridge.

Google will give you more options, but the 3 I have listed are the only ones that I have had anything to do with.
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UCL does an Astrophysics course, and has an observatory in Mill Hill in N London.
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Post by KendalAstronomer »

...and UCL offers a trip to an even better observatory in the third year, somewhere in France.

Queen Mary and Imperial also offer astrophysics, as well as Newcastle, Birmingham and a few more. It all depends on what type of course are you after, plus what type of university and area to live in etc.
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Ok... well based on their location, type of university, course, and my expected grades, I'd narrowed it down to and applied to these ones:
-Lancaster
-Hertfordshire
-Leicester
-Hull
-Kent

I've been accepted for them all, but need to make a final choice and an insurance in a week or so. I've sort of ruled out Hull and Kent, because I wasn't too keen on them. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience of the courses to help me make that last choice.
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Post by ajb »

David Lyth is at Lancaster. He is a well known cosmologist. I suggest you go there, but the choice is yours.
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While you prepare for the course you might consider buying some essential reading. A book that stands out as trend breaker is
The Electric Sky. Don't expect many lecturers to support Don Scott's ideas, unless they are more broadminded than most.
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Post by Paul S »

cigarshaped wrote:While you prepare for the course you might consider buying some essential reading. A book that stands out as trend breaker is
The Electric Sky.
I wouldn't call that essential reading for an undergraduate. Far better to acquaint yourself with the established science. Then you'd be better prepared to understand and properly judge fringe theories.
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Post by ajb »

Any news about which university you chose?
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Post by beamer3.6m »

Not sure on what course is best but Hertfordshire is a nice University with a great library and research centre.

I come from hertfordshire originally and thought about it when I applied for Law.

Unfortunately I know nothing about astrophysics but I am sure a google search would throw up some ideas.
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