UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Planetary Science

This course offers a wide programme of study related to the physics of planetary and space environments, including planetary interiors, atmospheres and magnetospheres; the impact of the space environment on human physiology; and research project work which provides potential opportunity to work with established planetary researchers at UCL, some of whom are involved in active or planned space missions.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, preferably with substantial physics content, from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course modules

Core modules (3 from): Deep Earth and planetary modelling; Earth and planetary materials; planetary atmospheres; solar physics; space plasma and magnetospheric physics. Options: Any remaining core module; Earth and planetary system science; melting and volcanism; astronomical spectroscopy; physics of the Earth; space medicine and extreme environment physiology.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, computer-based teaching, fieldwork, and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,020 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 23,020 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,510 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 11,460 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Reader in Physics and Astronomy
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020 7679 7030