MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 9 months full-time, 2 years part-time
The MSc programme in Astrophysics aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in these and related fields, enable students to develop insights into the techniques used in current projects and allow an in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area.
In addition they are meant to develop the professional skills for students to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life, and give students the experience of teamwork, a chance to develop presentation skills and learn to work to deadlines.
The programmes include a number of lecture courses relevant to the discipline such as Planetary Atmospheres and Cosmology in the Astrophysics course, though some flexibility is built in so that courses can also be taken on topics removed from the immediate subject.
A research topic is included so that 50% of the marks are made up by completing an individual task. These are built around cutting-edge topics from the Department's research programme. The supervisor will provide a topic in which the student has a real chance to make a contribution to the research. In Astrophysics in recent years, for example, this has meant topics such as re-analysing extrasolar planet orbits to improve their characterisation, looking at datasets that inform the cosmology of Dark Energy and investigating the possibility that life could exist on a recently discovered "super-Earth" orbiting a nearby red dwarf star.
These projects give a real feel for what it is like to do postgraduate research, or work in a project team in an advanced industry.
MSc (180 credits)
|4 courses must be chosen (60 credits)||2 courses must be chosen (30 credits)||(30 credits)||(60 credits)|
|An extended literature survey on a topic related to your research project||An independent research project based in one of the Departmental research groups, culminating in a|
dissertation and oral presentation.
PgDip (120 credits)
|4 courses must be chosen (60 credits)||2 courses must be chosen (30 credits)||(30 credits)|
|A Research Essay on a topic related to a potential MSc research project|
Academic Entry Requirements
A minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (normally Physics, Maths or Electrical Engineering) from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
A minimum of a 2:2 Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (normally Physics, Maths or Electrical Engineering) from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.
There is further information on UCL's information for prospective students page, MSc Astrophysics Prospectus, including:
- International equivalent qualifications by country
- English language requirements for international applicants
- Latest tuition fees
How to Apply
The department is now open for applications for entry in September 2018 and applicants should apply online.
Deadline for applications: 27 July 2018
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.