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Unleash your passion for the cosmos with the MSc Astrophysics programme at the University of Sheffield. Dive into cutting-edge astrophysics topics and gain hands-on experience with our 0.5m telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands. From star formation to galaxy evolution, explore the mysteries of the Universe through practical training and optional modules like particle physics and astrobiology. Your research project will delve into fascinating areas such as galaxies, supernovae, and planet formation, guided by world-leading researchers. With a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in physics, including astronomy or astrophysics, you can embark on this journey towards a PhD and a career in astrophysics research. Benefit from outstanding research facilities, including telescopes on La Palma and our department's cutting-edge work in quantum computing and dark matter research. Join us at the forefront of astrophysics exploration and launch your career among the stars.

About the course

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.

This course explains the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies and the Universe itself. It includes training on how to perform your own astronomical observations using our 0.5m telescope, which is located on La Palma in the Canary Islands but can be operated remotely from Sheffield. You can also take part in a subsidised field trip to La Palma and visit some of the world’s top observatories.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in physics (including astronomy, astrophysics, space science, providing physics is a major element of the degree).


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Student Profiles

Theotokis Georgatos

"My MSc research project is on the relaxation of small N-Body systems. I am focusing on small star clusters with less than 100 members. In my project, I hope to study their evolution using simulations constructed in Fortran.

"The most important scientific skills I have developed through the course are an ability to conduct academic research, and write for a scientific audience. Prior to the course, I had no experience of writing a scientific paper. The regular written assignments included during the course, I have been able to gain sufficient experience in academic writing to prepare me for PhD-level study.

"Throughout the course, I have learnt a number of programming languages including Fortran, Python and even LaTeX. This allowed me to become more confident in my coding abilities, which will be invaluable in the future, even in fields not directly related to Astrophysics."

Sejal Pongurlekar

" The modules allowed me to develop new skills whilst also focusing on my own interests. I also appreciated the freedom of being able research topics that I found interesting and the support offered throughout for these choices.

Some of the skills that I developed through the course include the ability to conduct academic research, and being able to write for a scientific audience. Prior to the course, I did not have a lot of experience writing a scientific paper. However, the regular written assignments included during the course enabled me to gain sufficient experience in academic writing which would help me when pursuing my future career goals. Moreover, throughout the course I have learnt a number of transferable skills, including coding, which would be invaluable in the future, even in fields not directly related to astrophysics."

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