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Astrophysics (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
28 September 2020
21,950 GBP

Program description

Astrophysics (Taught)

Our MSc in Astrophysics is a full-time degree course which aims to provide specialist training and an edge in a highly competitive recruitment market to students who wish to work in the field of astrophysics. On the course, we will cover theoretical, observational and instrumental areas in astrophysics and other scientific disciplines. We encourage you to develop a critical awareness of current research problems and new insights at the forefront of astronomy and astrophysics. We will also discuss the working context of the modern astrophysicist, including the safety, ethical, and research environments.

On completing the course students should be able to pursue a career in academic research, physical science industrial practice, research and development, or in other highly-skilled numerate careers.

Distinctive Features

  • Tailor the course to your interests with our broad range of optional modules.
  • Benefit from our School-based facilities including laboratories and computing facilities.
  • Research-led MSc programme, with taught components delivered by experts in their field.
  • You will be part of the School’s postgraduate community and will have the support of a personal tutor.
  • The high level analytical and numeracy skills that are the basis of this course will open up opportunities in a wide range of professions.

Admission requirements

  1. BSc Physics (2:1 minimum) OR
  2. BSc Maths (2:1 minimum) OR
  3. BEng Engineering (2:1 minimum).

If you have a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in the above subjects, a related physical science, astrophysics, astronomy, mathematics, engineering or relevant industrial experience, your application will be given individual consideration.  In such circumstances you may be required to attend a formal interview with the admissions tutor before an offer can be made.

For 2:2 holders, the likelihood of being offered a place on the course is highest if your overall marks lie close to the 2:1/:2:2 boundary.

In order to consider your application, we require two academic references and transcript copies of your previous qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to meet the minimum University requirements (IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each skill area).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

This is a full 12-month programme. You will undertake all core and optional taught modules in year one. You will also complete a 4-month summer research project which will be assessed through a dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Techniques in Astrophysics
  • Study and Research Skills in Astrophysics
  • Research Project

Optional Modules

  • Computational Physics
  • Commercialising Innovation
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Large Molecules and Life
  • Data Analysis
  • Physics and Reality
  • Formation and Evolution of Stars
  • Cosmology
  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Instrumentation for Astronomy
  • Advanced General Relativity and Gravitational Waves
  • Galaxies and Galaxy Evolution
  • Energy and Gas in Interstellar Space
  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

  • Understand the fundamental laws and principles of physics, and be able to apply them to variety of areas in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Possess a working knowledge of a variety of experimental, mathematical and computational techniques applicable to current research within astrophysics.
  • Understand the limitations of current knowledge, and technologies and the need to gain new knowledge through further study.
  • Know how to plan, execute and report the results of an investigation or experiment and to analyse and evaluate its outcomes in relation to underlying current theories.
  • Have the ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, the conclusions of an experiment, investigation or project concisely, accurately and informatively.

Continuing studies

You may also choose to undertake further postgraduate study or academic research within the field of astrophysics, or enter a highly-skilled numerate career in another discipline.

Career opportunities

An MSc in Astrophysics can open the door to a wide variety of possible future careers. Our past graduates have secured employment in the fields of photonics, biophysics, instrumentation research and development, semiconductor physics both within academic science and industrial practice. 

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