Research course

Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy

Open University · Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics, astronomy, mathematics or another relevant discipline

Months of entry


Course content

Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy at the OU focuses on the star-forming galaxies, active galaxies and strong gravitational lensing, addressing fundamental questions about the evolution of galaxies and their dark matter haloes. We have a strong record of promoting the visibility of graduate students in major international consortia. We have leadership roles in many major international legacy surveys on ground-based and space-based observatories, including Herschel, JCMT, eMerlin, AKARI and other telescopes, as well as being members of the LOFAR-UK consortium, members of the UK Large Synoptic Survey Telescope consortium, user-shareholders in the 11-metre Southern African Large Telescope, and co-Is on Planck and the future ESA Euclid and JAXA/ESA SPICA missions. We also lead the sample design for the MANGA survey of nearby galaxies with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV. The research group is part of the Astronomy Discipline in the Department of Physical Sciences; astronomy is one of four discipline areas in the department, supported by the faculty laboratory and computing infrastructure.

Potential research projects
  • Detection of strong gravitational lenses in Hubble Space Telescope legacy surveys using evolutionary algorithms, and applications to the future ESA Euclid mission
  • Star formation and feedback in nearby galaxies

Please also see further opportunities.

Current/recent research projects
Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036