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Masters degrees in Astrophysics involve advanced study of the physical nature of the universe, often touching on Cosmology (the origin, evolution and eventual fate of the universe).
Related subjects include Astronomy and Observational Astrophysics. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Physics or Astronomy.
Courses in this field encourage you to uncover how the creation of the universe happened, understand the history of stars and galaxies, and investigate how planetary systems and hospitable environments develop.
This involves applying theory such as relativity to understand matter, energy, space and time – including modelling the origins of black holes, neutron stars, dark energy and gravitational waves.
Delving further into cosmic origins, you might explore how stars, galaxies and planets are formed over time. This includes applying atomic theory to analyse elements such as hydrogen, helium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and silicon.
Astrophysicists often undertake research on behalf of institutions such as universities, or large scientific organisations. For example, you could be responsible for developing technology for exoplanet exploration and interstellar analysis. Other careers include industrial applications such as aerospace engineering, as well as the civil service.
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The MSc in Astrophysics and Relativity is a new one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Students will gain advanced knowledge of astrophysics, general relativity, computational science and data analysis and the up-to-date skills required to understand the universe we live in. 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 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
This MSc provides students with the skills, knowledge and research ability for a career in astrophysics. The programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for well-qualified postgraduates who will be able to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments in this field. 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
Our MSc in Astrophysics is a full-time degree course which aims to provide specialist training and an edge in a highly competitive recruitment market to students who wish to work in the field of astrophysics. Read more
The MSc in Data-Intensive Astrophysics has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in a range of areas including academic research as well technical, development and engineering positions in the “in-demand” field of “Big Data” and related scientific fields. 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 Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy conducts cutting-edge research in many fields. Read more