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About Astronomy Theory
Masters degrees in Astronomy Theory involve the use of analytical models from the fields of Physics and Chemistry to describe astronomical objects and phenomena.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Observational Astrophysics. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Physics.
While other disciplines of Astronomy attempt to understand the whole of the universe (by and large), Astronomy Theory deals with the periodic motions of celestial objects. In other words, it explores aspects about the universe, without trying to predict the entirety of its contents.
Training typically involves a combination of analytical and computational techniques such as numerical simulations to model stellar and galactic formation and celestial mechanics. This includes building your understanding of processes such as nucleosynthesis, and the application of the Newtonian theory of gravitation to understand objects such as black holes.
Careers in this field are very diverse, with traditional roles including positions within national observatories and government facilities, including the civil service. Theoretical astronomers may also use their expertise in industry, including the development of medical equipment and advanced materials.
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Explore astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced level, with an emphasis on theoretical astronomy. This course is for you if you have graduated from an applied mathematics- or physics-based degree and wish to learn how to apply your knowledge to astronomy.
The School offers a two-year Master’s degree in Physics in partnership with the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) which comprises the universities of Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary London, Royal Holloway London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex.
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's-level qualification in astrophysics working alongside fourth-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated master's undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos.
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.
This programme will offer home astronomers, who may have graduated in subjects other than physics, the opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate qualification in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is designed to give students a robust and up-to-date background in these areas.
The master degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology 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.
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex comprises two highly ranked departments and a lively academic community that is welcoming, stimulating and supportive. Sussex has a prestigious international reputation and is ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the UK, with both departments ranked amongst the top 15 (Guardian University Guide 2018).