Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · Physics

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) is required in a subject with substantial physics, applied mathematics and/or astronomy content. 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.

With it's long and established history, the MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary is notable for the breadth 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 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 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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

PT attendance: evening (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays).


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