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Tuition Fees:$3,703 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Upper Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

The Astrophysics major requires a strong mathematics and physics foundation. The astronomy courses offered are a general introductory first-year course which includes the ‘Starfinder’ course held in the Iziko Planetarium as well as night sky viewing, second-year courses which cover nearly all aspects of modern observational astronomy, while the two third-year courses enter into the physical processes that lie at the origin of the observed astronomical phenomena.

Curriculum

First Year Core Courses

MAM1000W Mathematics 1000
PHY1004W Matter & Interactions
Recommended:
AST1000F Introduction to Astronomy

Second Year Core Courses

AST2002H Astrophysics
AST2003H Astronomical Techniques
MAM2000W Mathematics 2000
or
MAM2004H Mathematics 2004
and
MAM2047H Applied Mathematics 2047
PHY2004W Intermediate Physics

Third Year Core Courses

AST3002F Stellar Astrophysics .
AST3003S Galactic & Extragalactic Astrophysics

Admission Requirements

NSC Examinations

FPS of 660 or above

Mathematics 70% or above and Physical Sciences 60% or above

(see Notes 2 & 3)

NBTs in Mathematics, AL & QL to be written

A-Level

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: B

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C


AS-Level

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: B

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C

Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC)

English: C at IGCSE

Mathematics: 70% (or level 1 HIGCSE)

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): 60%

(or level 1 HIGCSE)

International Baccalaureate

English: Grade 5 at SL

Mathematics: Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 at SL (

Maths Studies is not accepted)

Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics):

Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 SL

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Apply online

You will need a working email address and your South African identity number. If you are an international applicant, you need your passport number.

Applications close

31 July of the year prior to study for South African and international applicants.

Application status

Check your application status online or follow the directions on your letter from the admissions office in order to log in and determine your application status. Should you not have received your login and password, you may also use your names and birth date.

Career Opportunities

Jobs where this degree would be useful include:
1. Research Scientist
2. Physicist
3. Data Scientist
4. Research Internship
5. Research Assistant
6. Research Analyst
7. Research Associate
8. Scientist
9. Geologist

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,703
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,703

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

South African citizens and South African permanent residents

An initial payment of fees (for tuition and residence) is due by January. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. You will be allowed to register if the initial payment has not been received by the due date.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment),

plus if applicable;

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due 30 June 2020.

International students from the SADC region

An initial payment of fees (tuition and residence and the administrative service fee) is due before registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment), plus

Non-refundable administrative service fee R4,000

plus if applicable

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

International Students

International students must make a minimum initial payment towards the tuition fees, international term fees and residence fees (where applicable), prior to registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

Payment due prior to registration for:

UCT full-time international fee-paying students (except Master’s & PhD students): R95,000

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

plus if applicable:

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full residence cost. Final payment is due in June.

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Patrick A. Woudt
Head of Department
 
Mrs Carol Marsh
Administrative Officer