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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

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    23 January 2019

The MSc in Astrophysics provides a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research and is available to study full time (one year) or part time (two years). The large range of taught modules, reflecting the breadth of research interests within the School, enable you to develop your learning along any number of specialist routes.

Lectures cover such diverse topics as the origin of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, radiation mechanisms in astrophysics, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets, the solar system, space and solar plasma astrophysics, and research methods. 

Training in research methods, substantial independent project work and access to the expertise and culture of the department are excellent preparation for PhD study. The knowledge and skills you will gain are however equally useful in boosting future prospects or current performance in another career path (e.g. teaching).

The part-time option and flexible teaching structure make this programme especially suitable if you are looking to pursue your interest in the subject alongside other commitments. Some students each year study for an MSc as a significant part of a career break/career change or for personal interest. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy also offers a 9 month Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics and an Astrophysics pathway to the longer Euromaster's MSc.


You will be required to take eight taught modules. For reference please see details of Astrophysics modules offered in the 2016-7 academic year 

You will also write a dissertation on an astrophysical project of theoretical, computational, or observational nature. The dissertation is completed during the summer and submitted by 31 August in the final year.


Each of module typically comprises 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorial time over the course of the year.

Lectures & Tutorials are given in two 11-week semesters on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (14.00-16.00 lectures, 16.00-17.00 tutorial) and evenings (18.00-18.30 tutorial, 18.30-19.25 lecture, 19.35-20.30 lecture, 20.30-21.00 tutorial).

So as to allow part time-students to complete two years of study without changing the days they attend, taught modules are swapped in alternate years between day of week and between afternoon and evening. 

Full-time MSc students must attend all lectures (on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings).

Part-time MSc students must attend over two years in any schedule as long as they maintain the same schedule in both years - for example:

  • all teaching on Tuesday and Thursday evenings - suitable those in full-time employment
  • all teaching on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons - suitable those unavailable on evenings
  • all teaching on Tuesdays (afternoon and evening) on either Tuesdays or Thursdays - suitable those who want to minimise travel costs
  • all teaching on Thursdays (afternoon and evening) on either Tuesdays or Thursdays - suitable those who want to minimise travel costs

As each module moves Tue<=>Thu and afternoon<=>evening in alternate years any of these options allow all 8 modules to be taken over a 2-year period.

Modules are chosen in consultation with the MSc Astrophysics Programme Director.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a combination of lectures, exercises & tutorials. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Lectures consist of a member of academic staff delivering a formal lecture on a given topic. Tutorials are designed to support the lectures and provide students with an opportunity to consider examples and problems.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,900

Part time £4,950

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,850

Part time £10,425


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Astrophysics page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!





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