The undergraduate major in Astrophysics at UCT has been offered since 2006. In 2013, we have introduced a second 2nd-year course (AST2003H: Astronomical Techniques). This course combines a large practical component (radio and optical astronomy practicals) with theoretical background in astronomical techniques, instrumentation and data analysis. In 2013, AST2002S (offered prior to 2013) has changed to become AST2002H. Both second year courses will spread out of the entire academic year.
The undergraduate major in Astrophysics provides an excellent qualification for postgraduate studies in Astrophysics and related disciplines. For more information about the postgraduate studies in Astrophysics at UCT we refer to the additional information on our web site (see the tabs on the left).
Astronomy and Astrophysics undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Astronomy
The compulsory courses listed above are the back-bone of the Astrophysics major. With the addition of selected courses in either physics, or applied mathematics you can tailor your astrophysics major towards two different streams.
Stream 2. Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics
With the addition of MAM1043H, MAM1044H, MAM2046W and MAM3040W you will qualify for a major in astrophysics and applied mathematics. See also page 17 of the UCT Science Faculty student handbook (2017).
For more information about the undergraduate major in Astrophysics, please contact the Physics/Astrophysics student advisor Dr. Spencer Wheaton.