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, applied mathematics or engineering you can tailor your astrophysics major towards three different streams.
Steam 1. Astrophysics and Physics
With the addition of PHY3021F and PHY3022S, you will automatically qualify for a major in astrophysics and physics. See also page 13/14 of the science faculty student handbook (2010).
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 13 of the science faculty student handbook (2010).
Stream 3. Astro-technology
With the addition of selected courses in the engineering faculty (EEE2035F, EEE2039W, EEE3064W and EEE3086F) and taking MAM2080W instead of MAM2000W, it is possible to get a major in astrophysics with a strong engineering component. Please speak to the student advisor in Physics (Dr. Spencer Wheaton) or Dr. Kurt van der Heyden for more details about this option.
For more information about the undergraduate major in Astrophysics, please contact Senior Lecturer Dr. Kurt van der Heyden (Room 537; Phone: 021 650 4042; heyden[at]ast.uct.ac.za) in the Astronomy Department, or contact the Physics/Astrophysics student advisor Dr. Spencer Wheaton (spencer.wheaton[at]uct.ac.za).
For further information on the entrance requirements to be accepted into the UCT Faculty of Science (to study Astronomy/Astrophysics), please see: http://www.science.uct.ac.za/apply/overview/ and download the up-to-date undergraduate brochure for details of admission criteria for a BSc majoring in Astrophysics.
The Department of Astronomy cannot answer queries about entrance requirements as these are determined at the Faculty level.