Taught course


University of Leeds · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in physics or a related subject (such as geophysics, natural sciences, or mathematics).

Applicants with engineering degrees will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: astrophysics, quantum physics, biophysics, soft matter, or condensed matter.

Applicants with a chemistry degree will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in mathematics.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Astrophysics is the study of the Universe in all its complexity, from the formation of planets to the large-scale processes driving the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. Astrophysics is a highly sought-after discipline that encourages the development of novel methods and techniques, placing you at the cutting edge of new discoveries. If you have a sense of wonder at our place in the Universe and how planets, stars and galaxies came to be then this is the right course for you!

At Leeds, we are world-renowned experts in star and planet formation research, using both theory and observations to try and understand the origins of stars and Earth-like planets. During your MSc, you'll be exposed to the forefront of this work and will gain experience in using data from the world’s leading observatories such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array – plus many more.

Our MSc in Astrophysics gives you not just a broad grounding in astrophysical concepts, but also practical skills in observational astronomy, data analysis and digital simulations. Modern astrophysics is also a highly collaborative field, often with large teams working on huge data sets like those from telescopes or detailed astrophysical simulations.

Communicating high level scientific concepts, working in teams and presenting your research are core parts of your studies with us. We aim to develop you into a well-rounded and adaptable scientist, equally capable of further research in Astrophysics or applying your skills to industry.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Our globally-renowned research feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in areas such as star and planet formation, cosmology and exoplanetary systems.
  • Conduct an independent research project where you’ll use data analysis, programming and mathematical modelling to solve a real-world problem in astrophysics, supervised and guided by one of our researchers.
  • Access specialist facilities including purpose-built laboratories, a dedicated Astrophysics computer cluster and our own astronomical observatory where you can image objects in the night sky.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics who specialise in a wide range of areas in astrophysics.
  • Study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building which provides excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Physics and Astronomy Admissions Team