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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This MSc in Astrophysics is delivered by world-leading researchers at Liverpool John Moores University and is designed to facilitate further postgraduate and PhD study.

  • Access the two metre research-class robotic Liverpool telescope - designed and built by LJMU experts
  • Learn from academics who are world-leading researchers
  • Carry out original research in a wide range of areas
  • Gain a qualification which facilitates continued study at PhD level

An ideal choice if you prefer the flexibility of studying remotely and gaining a Masters qualification by distance learning. Each module provides the opportunity to explore current literature, with support from experienced tutors, all of whom are engaged in cutting-edge astrophysical research.

Many of the research topics are observational studies, which can be supported by access to the Liverpool Telescope, a two metre aperture research-quality robotic telescope, sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Liverpool John Moores University | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



This module develops your understanding of concepts in astrophysics. It develops your knowledge of grounding in orbital mechanics and the formation and evolution of planetary systems; provides an understanding of the physical processes which determine all aspects of the structure and evolution of the interstellar medium and stars (ISM); provides a firm physical framework for this appreciation by investigating the mechanisms which govern the structure and appearance of the ISM; introduces you to the diversity of galaxy morphologies, dynamics evolution and components; allows you to illustrate the importance of multi-wavelength observational approaches to the study of galaxies; provides an introduction to modern observational cosmology and various cosmological models.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (credit)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£47.22 per credit for full time and it’s a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You will need: a minimum 2:2 in the physical sciences or a STEM discipline (e.g. science, technology, engineering, mathematics, etc.); a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level, and competence in mathematical techniques including calculus, differential equations and complex numbers; a satisfactory reference from your employer or line manager.

University information

Founded in 1823, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions in the world and attracts staff and students from over 100 countries. A host of taught courses and research opportunities are available across LJMU’s five faculties: Arts, Professional and Social Studies Education, Health and Community Engineering and Technology Science Liverpool Business School The...more