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Full time | Mile End | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Explore the darkest reaches of the universe with our Astrophysics MSc and gain a detailed insight into the fundamentals of astrophysics. We offer one of the broadest ranges of higher level astrophysics modules in the UK, so you can create a bespoke MSc tailored to you own interests.

  • study while you work with our flexible programme structure
  • Be eligible for membership of the Royal Astronomical Society and use of their facilities
  • Gain specialist research skills – excellent preparation for a PhD
  • Study in one of the UK’s top-rated Schools: we’re joint first in London for physics research outputs (REF 2014)
  • Be taught by our distinguished international experts and have regular contact with them throughout the programme


  • Leading research infrastructure at CERN and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
  • Mission data from Queen Mary collaborations such as Cassini, CLUSTER and the VISTA telescope
  • Our Astronomical Observatory
  • Super-fast research networks and worldwide grid computing facilities, such as MidPlus and GridPP, as well as a number of high- performance clusters
  • Experimental facilities in the School, such as clean rooms, workshops and laboratories

Career paths

We have been preparing students for careers in astrophysics research since 1972. Several of our alumni hold posts at prestigious universities in the UK and internationally, including the University of Cambridge.

You will be given a comprehensive training in research methods, substantial independent project work and access to the expertise and culture of the department, all excellent preparation for a doctorate in astrophysics.

Recent graduates of our MSc programmes have gone on to PhD studies and positions such as:

  • Business and data analyst
  • Consultant
  • Data scientist
  • Programming analyst.


Research in astrophysics builds on a vast body of literature and archived data. This module is an introduction to research methods which exploit existing information sources in astrophysics. The module serves as preparation for the research project which forms a major part of the MSc programme. In this module students will learn how to review and evaluate with critical insight, the current state of research of a chosen area in astrophysics. They will receive training in writing academic reports in an appropriate style, and will learn how to convey research material in a presentation. Additional topics will be included so that students are prepared for project work at an advanced level. These can include specific exercises in using astronomical data archives, scientific word processing, mathematical skills, using mathematical and data analysis packages, project planning, etc.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in a subject with substantial Physics, Mathematics and/or Astronomy content.