Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provides a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy for those with degrees with sufficient mathematical or physics content. The certificate programme has been running since 1985 and around 50 certificates have been awarded. Some students have gone on to complete the MSc, and even to do PhDs. The programme provides a broad coverage of relevant research topics, including modules on research methods, exoplanets, stellar structure, galaxies and cosmology.

The programme at Queen Mary is unique in the UK in the scope of material covered. It gives students a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research. The wide range of topics covered by the course reflects the breadth of research interests pursued by the members of staff in our large and friendly research group. Lectures cover such diverse topics as the origin of the universe, dark matter, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets and space and solar plasma physics. Students who do sufficiently well on the Postgraduate Certificate (which essentially consists of the first year of the MSc Astrophysics) may be allowed to change their registration to MSc Astrophysics part-time and go into the second year of the MSc.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,950 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,950 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £10,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students wishing to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics should normally have a degree in a subject with a substantial Mathematics and/or Physics content.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes are: IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; Trinity ISE: either Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Distinction in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking, or Trinity ISE III with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 6.5