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

February, October

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
      part time
      24 months
      • PhD
        full time
        36 months
          part time
          72 months

          Course contact details

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