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.

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 fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/international-entry-requirements Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team (internationaladmissions@ljmu.ac.uk) for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international MSc: You should hold a degree in the physical sciences or STEM discipline (e.g. science, technology, engineering, mathematics, etc.) of classification 2:2 or higher. This programme requires a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level, and competence in mathematical techniques including calculus, differential equations and complex numbers. An online test is available to enable you to undertake a self-assessment of your mathematical skills. Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree in a relevant subject will be considered on their individual merits in relation to the programme. Professional experience, publications, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account. Industry experience: Please refer to Admissions Hub All applicants must provide a satisfactory reference from a suitable person such as their employer or line manager. An intake of students is recruited in September every year.

Course modules

MSc: 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) MSc: Core modules Astrophysical Concepts Observational Astrophysics Astrophysics Project Optional modules Cosmology Computational Astrophysics Time-Domain Astrophysics

Assessment methods

MSc: 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. MSc: 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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2018 6,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2018 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 24 Months
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 per Credit (Home/EU) 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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