The IoA offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in astronomy/physics/mathematics to study for a one year Masters level qualification in astro- physics working alongside 4th-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated Masters undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos.
The course consists of an extended project (either observational or theoretical, worth about a third of the total credit) and a choice of a range of high level specialist courses, most of which are examined in June. The course aims to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enthusiasms to the best of their potential. Owing to the demanding level of the course and the competition for a limited number of places, applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) a very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.
See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcasasast
Students completing the year should have:
1. had experience of a number of areas of astrophysics from a choice of options taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth;
2. carried out a substantial research project amounting to about 1/3 of the work in the course;
3. enhanced their communications skills;
4. become well prepared for a career in academic research or one where independent research skills are required.
Students experience a number of areas of astrophysics from a choice of options taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth. Two thirds of the student's assessment is via examinations and one-third is via the research project.
For the lecture courses there are large-group example classes organised by the course lecturers. The projects are specific to each student. i.e. every student is doing something different from the other students. Project supervisors meet their students individually. Supervisions for the project are one-on-one with at least 8 hours contact time.
Students can attend any of the numerous seminars given in the IoA, DAMTP and Physics. However these are not formally part of the course work.
- Supervised research project with thesis of not more than 8000 words.
- Candidates normally offer papers for 12 units or 4 lecture courses of 24 lectures each.
- Examined oral presentation for the project.
- One journal club per week
- A literature review is a component of every project.
How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying
There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.
General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding