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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 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
The Universe is united around a set of fundamental laws and basic forces of nature. These laws govern phenomena from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies, thus the study of physics is the foundation upon which all science and technology is built. 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
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. Read more
Taking advantage of a new generation of terrestrial and space-based instruments, the MSc in Astronomy and Astrophysics digests new discoveries concerning the origin, structure, and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe, and uses them as your textbooks. 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
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).
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers a large number of Master's programmes(overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering).