This programme involves taught course units in Astronomy and Astrophysics together with a substantial research project associated with a research subgroup in the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. As one of the largest astrophysics group in the UK we can provide a wide range of specialisations including technical development of radio telescopes and observational and theoretical investigations of the cosmic microwave background, astrophysics of galaxy evolution, pulsars, stellar birth and death, black holes, jets (both stellar and galactic), MASERS, QUASARS, gravitational lenses, dust evolution, astrochemistry and solar physics. The aim of the programme is to enable you to gain a wide understanding of modern astrophysics and to be prepared for doctoral-level research.
Typical course units studied include: radio astronomy; techniques of data processing in astronomy; stellar physics and cosmology.
The taught courses are assessed by examination and the student must submit an MSc thesis on their research project which is assessed by two independent examiners.