Taught course


University of Cambridge · Institute of Astronomy

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content


The IoA offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in astronomy/physics/mathematics to study for a one year Masters level qualification in astro- physics working alongside 4th-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated Masters undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos.

The course consists of an extended project (either observational or theoretical, worth about a third of the total credit) and a choice of a range of high level specialist courses, most of which are examined in June. The course aims to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enthusiasms to the best of their potential. Owing to the demanding level of the course and the competition for a limited number of places, applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) a very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9486, EU: GBP9486, Overseas: GBP24069

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months



Supervised research project with thesis of not more than 8000 words.


Candidates normally offer papers for 12 units or 4 lecture courses of 24 lectures each.

Other Assessment

Examined oral presentation for the project.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733