Taught course

Observational Astrophysics (Distance Learning)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

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 students to undertake self-assessment of their 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. Please refer to Admissions Hub for more details.

You must also provide a satisfactory reference from a suitable person such as your employer or line manager.

An intake of students is recruited in September every year.

Entry requirements (International)

Entry requirements are the same as per Home/EU applicants plus you need to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent. Please note: as this is a Distance Learning programme the usual rules in terms of UK Visas and Immigration restrictions to full-time study do not apply to MSc Astrophysics.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MSc in Observational Physics is delivered by world leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University. The Masters degree includes access to LJMU's research class robotic Liverpool Telescope and is designed as a route to PhD study.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years) via distance learning
  • High-quality, innovative teaching
  • Access to the two metre research-class robotic Liverpool Telescope
  • 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 that are opening new windows for the exploration of 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.

Over the last decade, this has become one of the most flexible and powerful observatories for the study of rapidly varying sources such as Gamma-Ray Bursts, novae and supernovae. This Masters course has been developed to enable students, throughout the world, to share in these new discoveries and graduates to pursue further research through a PhD or equivalent.

The programme emphasises independent student learning and each module provides you with the opportunity to explore current literature, with support from experienced tutors, all of whom are engaged in cutting-edge astrophysical research.

All sessions on this Masters degree are delivered via distance learning to provide maximum flexibility.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090