Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

The MSc in Astrophysics provides a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research and is available to study full time (one year) or part time (two years). The large range of taught modules, reflecting the breadth of research interests within the School, enables you to develop your learning along any number of specialist routes. Lectures cover such diverse topics as the origin of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, radiation mechanisms in astrophysics, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets, the solar system, space and solar plasma astrophysics, and research methods.

Training in research methods, substantial independent project work and access to the expertise and culture of the department are excellent preparation for PhD study. The knowledge and skills you will gain are however equally useful in boosting future prospects or current performance in another career path (e.g. teaching). The part-time option and flexible teaching structure make this programme especially suitable if you are looking to pursue your interest in the subject alongside other commitments. Some students each year study for an MSc as a significant part of a career break/career change or for personal interest.

On successful completion of the MSc in Astrophysics you will graduate with: A grounding in fundamental topics in Astrophysics; an appreciation of the latest developments in Astrophysics research across the full breadth of QMUL research areas; research skills and specialist knowledge, developed through substantial research project work; exposure to academic expertise and culture.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,900 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,900 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,950 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,950 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students wishing to take the MSc Astrophysics should normally have at least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject with substantial Physics, Mathematics and/or Astronomy content. Students who do not qualify may wish to take the Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics (the first year of the MSc Astrophysics programme) which normally requires a degree (or equivalent) in a subject with a substantial Physics, Mathematics and/or Astronomy 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