Taught course

Astrophysics

Institution
University of Cambridge · Institute of Astronomy
Qualifications
MASt

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours Degree.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Institute of Astronomy offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, physics or mathematics to study for a one-year master level qualification in astrophysics working alongside fourth-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated master's 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) very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the year should have:

  • had experience of a number of areas of astrophysics from a choice of options taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth;
  • carried out a substantial research project amounting to about one-third of the work in the course;
  • enhanced their communications skills;
  • become well prepared for a career in academic research or one where independent research skills are required.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MASt
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Email
mast@ast.cam.ac.uk