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Masters degrees in Astronomy involve the advanced study of celestial bodies and phenomena such as planets, stars, and meteorites. On these courses, students learn to use techniques from Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science to monitor and model those celestial entities.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Physics or Computer Science.
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, spanning a large portion of the history of civilisation. Its aim is to understand the origins and evolution of the universe, celestial objects and related phenomena. This includes an analysis of meteorites, moons, planets and galaxies, along with events such as comets, supernova explosions, gamma ray bursts, and background radiation.
You’ll be trained in methods such as statistics, computational algorithms and particle theory, using them to explore topics like the formation of stars. Technology also plays a key role in these courses, and you will likely experiment with telescopes and satellites designed to observe objects outside of our Solar System.
Careers in this field are extremely broad, though many astronomers may be employed in national observatories and government laboratories. Other careers include work within the aerospace industries, or even the civil service.
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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
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 MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology is a unique course which deals with the ways in which human beings attribute meaning to the planets, stars and sky, and construct cosmologies which provide the basis for culture and society. 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
The Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences – Astronomy and Space Physics encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics and cosmology. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provides a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy for those with degrees with sufficient mathematical or physics content. 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
UBC research in astronomy and astrophysics covers most areas of current interest in this broad field, including a wide range of theoretical and observational studies in astronomy, and also experimental and theoretical studies in cosmology. Read more
The MRes Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (CAA) is programme that is divided into a 60 credit taught part and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total. 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).
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).
Students at our Faculty of Science are challenged to explore the boundaries of science. Taught by leading academics from around the world, the Master’s programmes we offer focus on the newest understandings and concepts as well as their impact on science and society