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.