University of York

University of York

Astronomy

This programme is delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment and is aimed at those with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics. This programme will offer home astronomers, who may have graduated in subjects other than physics, the opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate qualification in astronomy and astrophysics, and is designed to give students a robust and up-to-date background in these areas. Over the course of two years, we will explore the solar system, stellar physics, infra-red, radio and high energy astronomy, as well as discussing the foundations of cosmology. Students will therefore need a background in this area, although fully-supported maths master classes will be a permanent feature on the programme for those who need to refresh their skills in this area.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to hold a Bachelor's degree in a related subject area. CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent higher education level study. Previous maths skills, to A-Level or equivalent standard, are essential. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to astronomy; stellar physics; the solar system, infrared and radio astronomy; high energy astronomy; the foundations of cosmology.

Assessment methods

It is anticipated that assessments will comprise a balance of short and long critical essays, conference style posters and maths-based open book problems.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 328482