Research course

Stellar Astrophysics

Open University · School of Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

The majority of stars reside in binaries or higher multiples, and the most exotic and the most energetic phenomena in the Universe often have a binary origin. Binary stars are the keystones of stellar astrophysics, offering the chance to directly measure physical parameters of stars and so understand the evolution of the contents of the Universe. Within the Astronomy Discipline of the School of Physical Sciences, we carry out research on populations of binary stars, on specific classes of binary, and on individual systems. We have strengths in both multi-wavelength observational programmes as well as in theoretical and computer modelling studies. Around half a dozen postgraduate students currently pursue projects in this area, supported by four academic supervisors.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Administrative Support
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