Research course

Extragalactic astronomy

Institution
Open University · School of Physical Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October

Course content

Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy at the OU focuses on 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 our research students in major international consortia.

We also have leadership roles in many major international legacy surveys on ground-based and space-based observatories, including 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. 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, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
STEM-SPS-PhD-Admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 858253