Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · Physics

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) is required in physics, applied mathematics or astrophysics/astronomy. The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics may also qualify you for entry on to the MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

The postgraduate MSc Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provide a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a step towards a professional career in astronomy. The MSc programme has been running since 1972 and more than 300 degrees have been awarded. About 50 graduates have subsequently taken a PhD and some now hold academic posts including Professorships at UK Universities including Cambridge.

The MSc in Astrophysics 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, dark energy, galaxies, radiation mechanisms in astrophysics, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets, the solar system, space and solar plasma astrophysics, and research methods. Students also write a dissertation on a project on an astrophysical topic of an theoretical, computational, or observational nature. The dissertation is submitted by 31 August in the final year.

The MSc can be studied either part-time (two years) or full-time (one year).

We also offer the Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics which is studied part-time for one year and consists of the 1st year of the MSc programme and does not require a Dissertation.

Details of Astrophysics modules offered in the 2015-6 academic year, and their timings, are listed at http://astro.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate-taught-astrophysics-modules

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
N/A months
N/A months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations67
Dissertation33 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Administrative Officer
+44 (0)20 7882 6958