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Masters degrees in Astronomy Observation teach postgraduates the observational techniques needed to research and record data about the visible universe.
Related subjects include Observational Astrophysics and Astronomy. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Mathematics or Physics.
Practices within Observational Astronomy involve examining and understanding celestial objects, including their appearance, distance from Earth and position within (or sometimes beyond) our Solar System.
These courses aim to help you decipher how the components of the universe relate and interact, what they can tell us about the distant universe, and the implications of their relationship with Earth.
Training typically includes methods for designing and using observational equipment, including telescopes and satellites. Similarly, you might learn to plot the data from these techniques onto graphs to record general trends of celestial objects and related processes. For example, you could assess the velocity, magnitude or temperature of an object via radio or spectrograph observation.
Careers in this field are varied, though observational astronomers typically work on government programmes, which assign them to research involving a national observatory or spacecraft.
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Explore planets, stars and galaxies, and discuss black holes, dark matter and the Big Bang. Taught exclusively online, this course delivers flexible and fully supported modules allowing you to study for a formal postgraduate qualification in astronomy over the course of two years. Read more
Explore the key topics at the cutting edge of modern astrophysics. You’ll get training in the practical skills used by professional astrophysicists and be able to conduct your own astronomical observations. Read more
Join our virtual open days - Book one of our info sessions now! Physicists and astronomers try to understand nature. from the smallest building blocks of matter and their interactions to the evolution of the universe on a cosmological scale. Read more
The Institute of Astronomy offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, physics or mathematics to study for a one-year master level qualification in astrophysics working alongside fourth-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated master's undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos. Read more
The master's programme Astronomy covers observations using the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, large scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space. Read more
There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the Earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. Read more
The Master’s degree aims at providing students with a comprehensive, up-to-date view of the main fields of modern Astrophysics, including astronomical detectors and techniques, black holes and neutron stars, Cosmology, Gravitational Physics, planets, stars and galaxies. Read more
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers a large number of Master's programmes(overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering).