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. It’s one of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy MSc courses in the UK.
How will I study? Teaching is by: -Lectures -Exercise classes -Seminars -Personal supervision
You’ll contribute to our weekly informal seminars, and are encouraged to attend research seminars.
Assessment for the taught modules is by coursework and unseen examination. Assessment for the project is by oral presentation and a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. A distinction is awarded on the basis of excellence in both the lecture modules and the project.
You can choose to study this course full time or part time.
Your time is split between taught modules and a research project. The project can take the form of a placement in industry, but usually our faculty supervises them. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. You work on the project throughout the year. Often the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in journals. Most projects are theoretical but there is an opportunity for you to become involved in the reduction and analysis of data acquired by faculty members.
In the autumn and spring terms, you take core modules and choose options. You start work on your project and give an assessed talk on this towards the end of the spring term. In the summer term, you focus on examinations and project work.
In the part-time structure, you take the core modules in the autumn and spring terms of your first year. After the examinations in the summer term, you begin work on your project. Project work continues during the second year when you also take options. Distribution of modules between the two years is relatively flexible and agreed between you, your supervisor and the module conveners. Most of your project work naturally falls into the second year.
Scholarships Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017) -25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver -Application deadline: 1 May 2017
HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017) -Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council -Application deadline: 1 January 2017
USA Friends Scholarships (2017) -A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course. -Application deadline: 3 April 2017
Faculty Our research focuses on extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology.
Careers The course has an excellent reputation, both nationally and internationally, and graduates from this MSc work and study all over the world.
Many of our graduates go on to take a research degree and often find a permanent job in astronomy. Others have become science journalists and writers.
Astronomy - MSc
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Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.Type of Award Postgraduate taughtTimetable 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship.Successful Applicants Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.Contact Details Student Funding Team Student Life Centre University of Sussex Bramber House Falmer East Sussex BN1 9QU UK Email: [email protected]
Value of Scholarship(s)
50% off International Student tuition fee
Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.
To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/cisapplication Confirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2017 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2017 will not be considered.
The HESPAL Scholarship is a joint award offered by the British Council and the University of Sussex which is centred on building capacity in Palestinian universities by providing young Palestinian academics with an English Masters course in a subject that will benefit their home institution and hence the Palestinian Territories.The University of Sussex and the British Council are committed to providing two scholarships per year. The scholarships covers: -Tuition Fees -Pre-departure briefing from the British Council -Arrival allowances -Thesis allowances -A monthly allowance to cover living expenses -Travel costs to and from the UKNB: Scholarships do not cover the cost for any accompanying family.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Holders of the HESPAL Scholarship are unable to hold another scholarship from the University of Sussex.Timetable Deadline for Application: 1 January 2017. End of March 2017: British Council informed of selection outcomeFurther Information For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htmContact Details For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full tuition fee waiver
Be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.Be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him.Have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from UK).Be below the age of 35 on application.Sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.Have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).
USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
No. of awards TBC
Thanks to the generosity of our North American alumni and the Friends of the University of Sussex, a scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 is available to nationals or permanent residents of the USA who will be studying a one year taught Master's degree course at the University of Sussex.The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit.Type of Award Postgraduate mastersEligibility You will not be eligible for this scholarship if you meet any of the following exclusions: -Have applied for a course at the Institute of Development Studies except the MA Gender and Development and MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy -Have applied to study MSc Social Research Methods -Have applied to study a DPhil (1+3) course -Have applied to study a Foundation Year, Postgraduate Certificate, International Year One Diploma in Business and Management or Pre-Masters -Have applied to study Pre-Masters courses and diplomas taught at partner colleges -Have applied to study the Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Education -Have applied for a course within the Brighton and Sussex Medical School -Have applied for LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance (delivered in Qatar)Timetable By 23:59 BST 3rd April 2017: Deadline for all applications to be received By 3 June 2017: Applicants notified of the outcome of their application by email Autumn Term: Scholars receive award payment.Further Information Applications will be ranked and assessed on the following criteria: -Academic merit (including grades) -Academic reference -Impact the scholarship will have on you -Ambition -Why you have chosen the University of Sussex and the contribution you will make to the communityYour referee for your application should ideally be a personal tutor or academic mentor at your current or last college or University.
Value of Scholarship(s)
An amount equivalent to $10,000 maintenance award
Be a national or permanent resident of the United States of America.Have applied for and been offered a place on a full time Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Sussex (MA, MSc, LLM, Dip Grad).Have been assessed as paying overseas fees.Remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.
A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis but applicants are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. English language requirements - Lower level (IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section).
22 March 2017
Recipient: University of Sussex
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