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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