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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Physics

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year Part-time

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    05 February 2019

The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provides a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy for those with degrees with sufficient mathematical or physics content. The certificate programme has been running since 1985 and around 50 certificates have been awarded. Some students have gone on to complete the MSc, and even to do PhDs. The programme provides a broad coverage of relevant research topics, including modules on research methods, exoplanets, stellar structure, galaxies and cosmology.

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, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets and space and solar plasma physics.

Students who do sufficiently well on the Postgraduate Certificate (which essentially consists of the first year of the MSc Astrophysics) may be allowed to change their registration to MSc Astrophysics part-time and go into the second year of the MSc.

Structure

The Certificate programme, which starts in late September, is offered part-time over one year. 

Lectures are given on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (14.00-16.00 lectures, 16.00-17.00 tutorial) and evening (18.00-18.30 tutorial, 18.30-19.25 lecture, 19.35,20.30 lecture, 20.30-21.00 tutorial). 

Certificate students are required to take four taught modules (one module typically comprises 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials given in a 11 week semester) i.e. 2 of the 4 modules available each semester.

either all lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings   (suitable those in full-time employment)

  • or all lectures on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • or all lectures on Tuesdays (afternoon and evening)
  • or all lectures on Thursdays (afternoon and evening)

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 mixture of formal lectures, exercises and tutorials. 

We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

The Astronomy Unit participates in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, using our research background to enthuse students and teach them about the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics.

Teaching is delivered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (14.00-16.00 lectures and 16.00-17.00 tutorial) and evening (18.00-18.30 tutorial, 18.30-19.25 Lecture, 19.35-20.30 lecture, 20.30-21.00 tutorial), with topics swapping in alternate years between day of week and between afternoon and evening.  

Certificate students are required to take four taught modules over one academic year (one module typically comprises 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials given in a 11 week semester).

Certificate students normally attend all lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings). The full range of timetabling possibilities are:

  • either all lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (suitable those in full-time employment)
  • or all lectures on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • or all lectures on Tuesdays (afternoon and evening)
  • or all lectures on Thursdays (afternoon and evening).

Assessment

Of the eight taught modules available each year seven are assessed by examination only and one by coursework only. Certificate students take four of these 8 modules.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £4,950

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £10,600

Funding

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

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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:

Graduate employment

Postgraduates from the Queen Mary School of Physics and Astronomy go on to work in a variety of careers, such as risk analysis, science communication and academia, whilst others pursue their interest in physics and astronomy by undertaking a PhD.

Graduate destinations include:

  • Science Communicator
  • Royal Observatory
  • Risk Analyst
  • Equifax
  • Maths Lecturer
  • King’s College London
  • Campaign Analyst
  • Financial Times

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

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