Research course

Stellar Astrophysics

Institution
Open University · School of Physical Sciences
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 degree in physics or a related subject (or equivalent).

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Stellar astrophysics is a major facet of astronomy research at the OU. We use a variety of methods, including theoretical investigations employing sophisticated population synthesis codes and observations made across the electromagnetic spectrum with world-leading facilities including The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescopes (VLT), the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA). We use our proprietary share of time on the 10-meter Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and also deploy our own fully autonomous robotic telescopes in Tenerife, PIRATE and COAST.

We have strengths in both multi-wavelength observational programmes as well as in theoretical and computer modelling studies. A critical mass of postgraduate students currently pursue projects in this area, supported by five of our academic supervisors.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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