Taught course


Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Entry requirements

You should hold a degree in the physical sciences or STEM discipline (e.g. science, technology, engineering, mathematics, etc.) of classification 2:2 or higher. This programme requires a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level, and competence in mathematical techniques including calculus, differential equations and complex numbers. An online test is available to enable you to undertake a self-assessment of your mathematical skills. Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree in a relevant subject will be considered on their individual merits in relation to the programme. Professional experience, publications, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account. Industry experience: Please refer to Admissions Hub All applicants must provide a satisfactory reference from a suitable person such as their employer or line manager. An intake of students is recruited in September every year.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc in Astrophysics is delivered by world-leading researchers at Liverpool John Moores University and is designed to facilitate further postgraduate and PhD study.

  • Access to the two metre research-class robotic Liverpool telescope - designed and built by LJMU experts
  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years) via distance learning
  • Delivered by academics who are world-leading researchers
  • Opportunity to carry out original research in a wide range of areas
  • High-quality, innovative teaching delivered via distance learning
  • Qualification designed to facilitate continued study at PhD level

Astrophysics is enjoying an unprecedented burst of new discoveries about the Universe we live in. As a result of revolutionary techniques, new opportunities are emerging to explore planets, stars, galaxies and the entire Universe.

LJMU's Astrophysics Research Institute has played a leading role in many of these advances, including the development of the world famous robotic Liverpool Telescope. The Institute has developed a suite of taught postgraduate courses to enable students throughout the world to share in these new discoveries.

This MSc course will give you the foundations from which to carry out further research through a PhD or equivalent. It is delivered via distance learning for maximum flexibility.

A major component of the MSc programmes is the project module, which will give you the opportunity to work on a high-level original research topic, with guidance from an experienced supervisor from the research staff of the Institute.

All learning materials are delivered by Blackboard, LJMU's Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to all the major astrophysical research journals and a carefully selected range of e-books to support your studies and extend your reading.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

For up-to-date information regarding fees please contact:

Faculty of Engineering and Technology
T: 0151 231 2777
E: fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090