University of Sussex

Degree level: Postgraduate

Astronomy (Taught)

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Course summary

Explore astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced level, focusing on observational, theoretical or computational astronomy. This course is one of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy MSc courses in the UK. This course is for you if you graduated from a physics- or applied mathematics-based degree with a substantial physics component, and wish to learn how to apply your knowledge to astronomy. Our Astronomy Centre carries out world-leading research in many branches of theoretical and observational astrophysics. Our particular focus is on the early universe, and galaxy formation and evolution. The Department is a founder member of the South East Physics Network of physics departments (SEPnet), which supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.

Course details


We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Project (MSc Astronomy)
  • Cosmology
  • Galactic Astrophysics
  • Spring teaching
  • Astrophysical Processes
  • Stellar and Planetary Physics
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. View this course on our website to see examples of optional modules on offer.

Entry requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject or a subject with significant mathematical or physical content, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing. For more information about our entry requirements and English language requirements, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Astronomy at University of Sussex - UCAS