The MSc is intended for graduates with an applied mathematics- or physics-based degree who wish to learn how to apply their knowledge to astronomy. It is one of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy MSc courses in the UK. It covers the major fields of astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced level, with an emphasis in the modules on theoretical astronomy.
Teaching is by lectures, exercise classes, seminars and personal supervision.
Full Time Your time is split equally between taught modules and a research project. You have a supervisor who oversees your work and is responsible for supervision of your project. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. Projects may be theoretical, or involve simulation or data reduction. In many cases the projects form the basis of research papers later published in scientific journals.
Autumn and spring terms: you take four core modules Astrophysical Processes • Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics • Cosmology • Galaxies and the Universe. Most modules comprise 24 lectures and 11 problem classes. You also choose two options from a range of modules. These are taught on topics relating to research interests within the group, and vary from year to year, but generally cover a wide range of topics. Options might include Advanced Particle Physics • Data Analysis Techniques • Early Universe • General Relativity • Object-Oriented Programming • Programming in C++. You start work on your project and give an assessed talk on this towards the end of the spring term.
Summer term: examinations and project work.
Part Time You take the four compulsory modules in the autumn and spring terms of Year 1. After the examinations in the summer term, you begin work on your project. Project work continues during Year 2 when you also take two options from the above list.
Assessment for the taught modules is by coursework and unseen examination. Assessment for the project is by oral presentation and a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. A distinction is awarded on the basis of excellence in both the lecture modules and the project.
Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015)
25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] 50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]] Successful applicants Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.
Value of Scholarship(s)
50% off International Student tuition fee
In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.
The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.
When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:
Student Funding Team Student Life Centre University of Sussex Chichester 1, Ci003 Falmer East Sussex BN1 9QJ UK Email: [email protected]
The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] Up to £10,000[[Timetable]] The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]] If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution • You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August • You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.
To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.
To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.
The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.[[Type of award]] Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]] £3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degree[[Further information]] If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below); • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and • You must meet the University's entrance requirements
You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.
If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.
A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis but applicants are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website
Recipient: University of Sussex
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