Research course


University of Buckingham · School of Science

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a first or second class honours degree in astronomy, physics, mathematics or biology.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology carries out research related to the interface between astronomy and biology. The Centre’s Director, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, is one of the pioneers of this new discipline, and together with a team of honorary professors carries out research over a wide range of topics. Possible research projects include studies on the nature of interstellar and comet dust, studies of meteorites and material collected in the stratosphere, theories of planet formation, transfer of life from one planetary system to another. These and other topics of research are available to applicants.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Julie Cakebread
+44 (0)1280 820242
+44 (0)1280 822245