Astrophysics at University of Leeds - UCAS

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Course summary

Astrophysics is the study of the Universe in all its complexity, from the formation of planets to the large-scale processes driving the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. Astrophysics is a highly sought-after discipline that encourages the development of novel methods and techniques, placing you at the cutting edge of new discoveries. If you have a sense of wonder at our place in the Universe and how planets, stars and galaxies came to be then this is the right course for you! At Leeds, we are world-renowned experts in star and planet formation research, using both theory and observations to try and understand the origins of stars and Earth-like planets. During your MSc, you'll be exposed to the forefront of this work and will gain experience in using data from the world’s leading observatories such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array – plus many more. Our MSc in Astrophysics gives you not just a broad grounding in astrophysical concepts, but also practical skills in observational astronomy, data analysis and digital simulations. Modern astrophysics is also a highly collaborative field, often with large teams working on huge data sets like those from telescopes or detailed astrophysical simulations. Communicating high level scientific concepts, working in teams and presenting your research are core parts of your studies with us. We aim to develop you into a well-rounded and adaptable scientist, equally capable of further research in Astrophysics or applying your skills to industry. Why study at Leeds:

  • Our globally-renowned research feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in areas such as star and planet formation, cosmology and exoplanetary systems.
  • Conduct an independent research project where you’ll use data analysis, programming and mathematical modelling to solve a real-world problem in astrophysics, supervised and guided by one of our researchers.
  • Access specialist facilities including purpose-built laboratories, a dedicated Astrophysics computer cluster and our own astronomical observatory where you can image objects in the night sky.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics who specialise in a wide range of areas in astrophysics.
  • Study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building which provides excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods during your MSc, including examinations, written reports, presentations and practical investigations. Astrophysicists are well known for their critical and analytical abilities, and for developing new techniques to tackle original problems. Our aim is to develop you into a capable and well-rounded scientist with expertise that can equally be applied to solving the mysteries of the Universe or to solving problems in industry. We place an emphasis on active learning and assessments that are relevant and authentic to developing your critical and analytical abilities. Communication is a key part of this and we will assess your communication skills through reports and oral presentations.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours in a related subject

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
TOEFL (iBT)92with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
PTE Academic64with no less than 60 in any component

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Astrophysics at University of Leeds - UCAS