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PGCert Astronomy and Astrophysics

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provide a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth for 9 months, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy. The programme has been running since 1985 and around 80 certificates degrees have been awarded. Some students have gone on to complete the MSc, and even to do PhDs..

The programme at Queen Mary is unique in the UK in the scope of material covered. It gives students a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research. The wide range of topics covered by the course reflects the breadth of research interests pursued by the members of staff in our large and friendly research group. 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 physics and research methods.

Students who do sufficiently well in the examinations may be allowed to change their registration to Part-time MSc Astrophysics and proceed to its 2nd year.

Visit the PGCert Astronomy and Astrophysics page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

MSc Astrophysics Scholarship (home/EU and overseas) - 3 Awards

The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to enabling excellent students to continue their studies to MSc level and has funds available for high performing students to study for an MSc in Astrophysics.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,250 (home/EU) or £4,500 (overseas)


Awarded to applicants with an outstanding academic background. Minimum requirement is a UK first class bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.Both full time and part time students are eligible. Part time students will receive half of the full scholarship amount per year of study.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scholarship you will first of all need to submit your online application for the Astrophysics MSc. To apply for the scholarship, please email [email protected] with the email subject "MSc Scholarship Application", attaching the following documents: - An academic letter of recommendation detailing your academic background and achievements.- A personal statement (max 500 words) outlining your academic background and achievements and detailing why you would like to pursue this course of study at Queen Mary University of London.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a degree (or equivalent) in a subject with substantial mathematics or physics content.For international students, please refer to the International students section. [new window]

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