Research course

Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy

Open University · School of Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October, February

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 and AGN jets. 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 are involved in planning for next-generation instruments and observatories. The research group is part of the Astronomy Discipline at the OU; astronomy is one of four discipline areas in the department, supported by the faculty laboratory and computing infrastructure.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Administrative Support
+44 (0)1908 858253