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Full time September MSc 1 year full time 31 August 2022

About the course

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.

There are a number of modules to choose from, covering topics to deepen your understanding of the Universe, such as cosmology, dark matter, general relativity and astrobiology. We can run projects on topics including galaxies, quasars, supernovae, massive stars, white and brown dwarfs, star formation, star clusters, planet formation and the evolution of the solar system.

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in the physical sciences or a related subject (for example mathematics or computer science). We usually ask for a 2:1 degree in physics, astronomy or astrophysics.

English language requirements: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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Home (2022 annual fee) : £11,500
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £24,400

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Student Profile(s)

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."

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