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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Explore astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced level, focusing on observational, theoretical, or computational astronomy. This course is one of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy MSc courses in the UK.

This course is for you if you graduated from a physics- or applied mathematics-based degree with a substantial physics component and wish to learn how to apply your knowledge to astronomy. Our Astronomy Centre carries out world-leading research in many branches of theoretical and observational astrophysics. Our particular focus is on the early universe, and galaxy formation and evolution.

The Department is a founder member of the Southeast Physics Network of physics departments (SEPnet), which supports vital research, teaching and development in the Southeast.


The course has an excellent reputation, both nationally and internationally, and graduates from this MSc work and study all over the world.

Many of our graduates go on to take a research degree and often find a permanent job in astronomy. Others have become science journalists and writers.


This module covers: Basic properties of interstellar medium and intergalactic medium; Radiative transfer; Emission and absorption lines, line shapes; Hyperfine transitions, 21-cm line of hydrogen.

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Degree requirements: You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject, or a subject with significant mathematical or physical content, and include modules in calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.