University of Sussex

University of Sussex


The programme is intended for Honours graduates from an applied mathematics- or physicsbased degree who wish to learn how to apply their knowledge to cosmology. It is one of only two MScs in this subject area in the UK. The emphasis is on observational and theoretical cosmology in the pre- and post-recombination universe. Teaching is by lectures, exercise classes, seminars and personal supervision.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or 2nd-class undergraduate honours degree in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis but applicants are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics.

Course modules

Course structure (full time): Your time is split equally between taught modules and a research project. Most projects are theoretical, but there is an opportunity for you to become involved in the reduction and analysis of data acquired by faculty members. Autumn and spring terms: 4 core modules: Cosmology; early universe; general relativity; quantum field theory 1. You also choose 2 options from a range of modules available. These cover a wide range of topics relating to research interests within the group and vary from year to year. Options might include: Astrophysics; advanced astrophysics; advanced particle physics; data analysis techniques; further quantum mechanics; quantum field theory II. You start work on your project and give an assessed talk on this towards the end of the spring term. Summer term: Examinations and project work. Course structure (part time): You take the 4 core modules in the autumn and spring terms of year 1. After the examinations in the summer term, you begin work on your project. Project work continues during year 2 when you also take 2 options.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the taught modules is by coursework and unseen examination. Assessment for the project is by oral presentation and a dissertation of up to 20000 words. A distinction is awarded on the basis of excellence in both the lecture modules and the project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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