Taught course

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Queen Mary, University of London · Physics

Entry requirements

You should have a degree (or equivalent) in a subject with substantial mathematics or physics content.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provides a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy for those with degrees with sufficient mathematical or physics content. The certificate programme has been running since 1985 and around 50 certificates have been awarded. Some students have gone on to complete the MSc, and even to do PhDs. The programme provides a broad coverage of relevant research topics, including modules on research methods, exoplanets, stellar structure, galaxies and cosmology.

The programme at Queen Mary is unique in the UK in the scope of material covered. It gives students a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research. The wide range of topics covered by the course reflects the breadth of research interests pursued by the members of staff in our large and friendly research group. Lectures cover such diverse topics as the origin of the universe, dark matter, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets and space and solar plasma physics.

Students who do sufficiently well on the Postgraduate Certificate (which essentially consists of the first year of the MSc Astrophysics) may be allowed to change their registration to MSc Astrophysics part-time and go into the second year of the MSc.

Information for international students

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

For further information, please consult our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Queen mary offer a number of schaolrships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


part time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations90
Written coursework / continuous assessment10

Course contact details

Administrative Officer
44 (0)20 7882 6958