Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Astrophysics (by Distance Learning)

LJMU's Astrophysics Research Institute has played a leading role in many of these advances, including the development of the world famous robotic Liverpool Telescope. The Institute has developed a suite of taught postgraduate courses to enable students throughout the world to share in these new discoveries. This course will give you the foundations from which to carry out further research through a PhD or equivalent. It is delivered via distance learning for maximum flexibility. You will require a strong background in mathematics and a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level in order to successfully complete this Master's degree. However, you not need any specific knowledge of astrophysics prior to starting this programme. A major component of the programme is the project module, which will give you the opportunity to work on a high-level original research topic, with guidance from an experienced supervisor from the research staff of the Institute. Many of the topics for research will be observational studies, which can be supported by access to the Liverpool Telescope, a 2-metre aperture research-quality robotic telescope, sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands. The robotic nature of the telescope means that users do not travel to the telescope, but interact with it via a computer interface, giving unrivalled flexibility for studying rapidly changing objects in the night sky. All learning materials are delivered by Canvas, LJMU's Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to all the major astrophysical research journals and a carefully selected range of e-books to support your studies and extend your reading. The programme emphasises independent student learning and each module provides you with the opportunity to explore current literature, with support from experienced tutors, all of whom are engaged in cutting-edge astrophysical research.

Course modules

Core modules: Astrophysical concepts; astrophysical observations; research project. Optional modules may include: Time-domain astrophysics; cosmology; computational astrophysics.

Assessment methods

Other assignments designed to support your learning and check progression during the course of the module, may include: Quizzes; short essays; 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 2017 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2017 GBP 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2017 GBP 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 24 Months

Campus details

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

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