Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


This MSc in Astrophysics is delivered by world-leading researchers at Liverpool John Moores University and is designed to facilitate further postgraduate and PhD study. - Access the two metre research-class robotic Liverpool telescope - designed and built by LJMU experts - Learn from academics who are world-leading researchers - Carry out original research in a wide range of areas - Gain a qualification which facilitates continued study at PhD level An ideal choice if you prefer the flexibility of studying remotely and gaining a Masters qualification by distance learning. Each module provides the opportunity to explore current literature, with support from experienced tutors, all of whom are engaged in cutting-edge astrophysical research.

Entry requirements

MSc: You will need: a minimum 2:2 in the physical sciences or a STEM discipline (e.g. science, technology, engineering, mathematics, etc.) a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level, and competence in mathematical techniques including calculus, differential equations and complex numbers a satisfactory reference from your employer or line manager Additional Information: As this is a Distance Learning programme the usual rules in terms of UK Visas and Immigration restrictions to full-time study do not apply IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes) RPL is accepted on this programme If you have any specific queries, please contact Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Core Modules Astrophysical Concepts (30 credits) Astronomical Techniques (30 credits) Astrophysics Project (60 credits) Optional Modules Cosmology (30 credits) Numerical Methods in Astrophysics (30 credits) Time-Domain Astrophysics (30 credits)

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. Most of the taught modules on this programme are assessed with a written examination. Other assignments, designed to support your learning and check progression during the course of the module, may include: quizzes, short essays and critiques of scientific papers. The research project and dissertation are examined by both a written report and an oral presentation/interview. In most cases the oral interviews will be done via video link, though you may opt to come to Liverpool to do this in person.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (England) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (EU) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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