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Astronomy is the natural science that studies celestial bodies, the forces developed in their interaction in space and other observable phenomena. Space sciences include other areas of investigation such as space travel and space exploration, in addition to astronomy. Astronomers observe the birth, evolution, extinction and movement of objects in space, such as planets and stars, solar systems and galaxies, asteroids and comets, and black holes. Professionals try to predict future outcomes in the life of the universe, and they try to formulate clear theories about the past and origin of the cosmos. Astronomy and space sciences are closely related to astrophysics, aerospace engineering, astronautics, and it often involves knowledge from chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.

Bachelors and Masters in Astronomy blend theoretical lectures in mathematics and astrophysics, with observatory practices, computer programming and simulations. Space studies deliver knowledge regarding space sciences, management, operations and economy. Students deal with subjects covering the mechanics behind space stations, satellites, space crafts and transportation systems.

Many astronomy graduates choose to continue their studies in research, in a specialised area of astronomy. Career prospects include traditional positions such as scientist, technician, engineer, astronomer, or manager within an observatory or an institute.

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Suggested Masters in Astronomy & Space Sciences

MPhys Physics with Space Science (Integrated Masters)

This four-year Physics with Space Science (Integrated Masters) degree at University of Southampton will give you a more advanced understanding of a diverse range of topics in remote sensing and space engineering. Key areas of study include oceanography, hydrology, space plasma and astronomy.

United Kingdom
MPhys Physics with Astronomy

The four-year MPhys Physics with Astronomy (Integrated Masters) degree at University of Southampton gives a more advanced understanding of high-energy astronomy and compact objects with the opportunity for an intensive period of astronomical observation at the Izana Observatory, Tenerife. Key areas covered include the physics of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

United Kingdom
Master Nuclei, Particles, Astroparticles and Cosmology

The Master's degree M2 NPAC is intended for students training towards research in nuclear physics, particle physics, astroparticles and cosmology. It seeks to prepare students for an experimental or theoretical PhD in the main research centres such as the CNRS, the Universities or the CEA. The Master Degree in Nuclei, Particles, Astroparticles and Cosmology is offered by Paris-Saclay University.

France
M.Sc. Space Risk and Disaster Reduction

In the Space Risk and Disaster Reduction programme at University College London (UCL) that unites emergency response, disaster risk reduction and space technology, you will learn about satellite technology, mission design, hazards and vulnerabilities unique to outer space, disaster response, and the monitoring of hazards on Earth from outer space.

United Kingdom

Top Ranked Universities in Astronomy & Space Sciences on MastersPortal

Universities Location QS Rankings (2018) Physics & Astronomy Best Global Universities Rankings (2018) Space Science
Cambridge, United States 1 25
Cambridge, United States 2 2
Stanford, United States 3 11
Cambridge, United Kingdom 4 4
Berkeley, United States 5 3
Oxford, United Kingdom 6 8
Pasadena, United States 7 1
Princeton, United States 8 6
Tokyo, Japan 9 22
Zürich, Switzerland 10 44
London, United Kingdom 11 39
Los Angeles, United States 12 34
Chicago, United States 13 13
Lausanne, Switzerland 14 42
New Haven, United States 14 12
Kyoto, Japan 16 73
München, Germany 16 38
Beijing, China 18 74
New York City, United States 19 30
München, Germany 19 200
Moscow, Russia 21 125
Santa Barbara, United States 22 14
Ithaca, United States 23 65
Beijing, China 24 189
Singapore, Singapore 25 -
Urbana, United States 25 43
Toronto, Canada 25 7
Palaiseau, France 28 122
Tokyo, Japan 29 163
Seoul, South Korea 30 155
Karlsruhe, Germany 31 -
Sendai-shi, Japan 31 144
Osaka-shi, Japan 33 179
Vancouver, Canada 34 19
Heidelberg, Germany 35 26
Aachen, Germany 36 -
Taipei, Taiwan 37 -
Ann Arbor, United States 38 30
Montréal, Canada 39 49
Manchester, United Kingdom 40 34
College Park, United States 40 29
Moscow, Russia 42 -
Austin, United States 42 21
Daejeon, South Korea 44 -
Roma, Italy 44 64
London, United Kingdom 44 23
Singapore, Singapore 47 -
Melbourne, Australia 48 134
Nagoya, Japan 49 93
Novosibirsk, Russia 50 -
Barcelona, Spain 101 184
Providence, United States 101 137
Göteborg, Sweden 101 148
Darmstadt, Germany 101 -
Durham, United States 101 -
Berlin, Germany 101 -
Erlangen, Germany 101 197
Göttingen, Germany 101 135
Mumbai, India 101 -
Brussels, Belgium 101 -
Mainz, Germany 101 -
London, United Kingdom 101 -
Lund, Sweden 101 -
Melbourne, Australia 101 101
Mexico City, Mexico 101 112
Paris, France 101 34
Milano, Italy 101 -
London, United Kingdom 101 190
Houston, United States 101 -
New Brunswick, United States 101 124
Saint Petersburg, Russia 101 -
Stockholm, Sweden 101 56
Haifa, Israel 101 -
Roma, Italy 101 52
Dresden, Germany 101 -
Campinas, Brazil 101 -
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 101 -
Grenoble, France 101 41
Tucson, United States 101 9
Auckland, New Zealand 101 -
Birmingham, United Kingdom 101 111
Buenos Aires, Argentina 101 -
Davis, United States 101 54
Irvine, United States 101 -
Glasgow, United Kingdom 101 -
Helsinki, Finland 101 77
Minneapolis, United States 101 -
Sydney, Australia 101 182
Padua, Italy 101 20
Brisbane, Australia 101 -
Rochester, United States 101 -
São Paulo, Brazil 101 136
Stuttgart, Germany 101 -
Tsukuba, Japan 101 -
Vienna, Austria 101 106
Coventry, United Kingdom 101 132
Waterloo, Canada 101 122
Uppsala, Sweden 101 180
Utrecht, Netherlands 101 -
Vienna, Austria 101 -
Tokyo, Japan 101 -
Aarhus, Denmark 151 85
Prague, Czech Republic 151 172
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 -
Prague, Czech Republic 151 -
Eindhoven, Netherlands 151 -
Seoul, South Korea 151 -
Sapporo, Japan 151 198
Bangalore, India 151 -
Chennai, India 151 -
Bloomington, United States 151 -
Leuven, Belgium 151 105
Fukuoka, Japan 151 -
Hamilton, Canada 151 158
East Lansing, United States 151 83
Nanjing, China 151 152
Taoyuan City, Taiwan 151 -
Hsinchu, Taiwan 151 -
Turin, Italy 151 -
Stony Brook, United States 151 125
Copenhagen, Denmark 151 76
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151 137
College Station, United States 151 98
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 -
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 -
Milano, Italy 151 66
Dublin, Ireland 151 -
Adelaide, Australia 151 -
Edmonton, Canada 151 139
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 151 -
Bern, Switzerland 151 142
Santa Cruz, United States 151 5
Florence, Italy 151 -
Gainesville, United States 151 82
Freiburg, Germany 151 -
Groningen, Netherlands 151 69
Innsbruck, Austria 151 102
Lisbon, Portugal 151 166
Liverpool, United Kingdom 151 -
Milano, Italy 151 -
Montréal, Canada 151 146
Naples, Italy 151 194
Nottingham, United Kingdom 151 91
Sheffield, United Kingdom 151 184
Los Angeles, United States 151 -
St Andrews, United Kingdom 151 89
Strasbourg, France 151 168
Trieste, Italy 151 50
Tübingen, Germany 151 196
Hangzhou, China 151 -
Helsinki, Finland 201 97
Marseille, France 201 37
Beijing, China 201 -
Beijing, China 201 -
Gent, Belgium 201 172
Grenoble, France 201 -
New Delhi, India 201 -
Mexico City, Mexico 201 -
Tokyo, Japan 201 -
Kobe, Japan 201 -
Daegu, South Korea 201 -
Lancaster, United Kingdom 201 -
Tainan, Taiwan 201 -
Athens, Greece 201 -
Raleigh, United States 201 -
Saint Petersburg, Russia 201 -
Belfast, United Kingdom 201 155
Nijmegen, Netherlands 201 -
Bochum, Germany 201 181
Seoul, South Korea 201 -
Melbourne, Australia 201 60
Perth, Australia 201 130
Tomsk, Russia 201 -
Dublin, Ireland 201 -
Dortmund, Germany 201 -
Madrid, Spain 201 157
Basel, Switzerland 201 -
Calgary, Canada 201 -
Cape Town, South Africa 201 149
Leeds, United Kingdom 201 175
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 201 -
Amherst Center, United States 201 66
South Bend, United States 201 141
Oslo, Norway 201 47
Pittsburgh, United States 201 91
Regensburg, Germany 201 -
Turin, Italy 201 -
Trento, Italy 201 -
Ulm, Germany 201 -
Valencia, Spain 201 194
Victoria, Canada 201 81
Charlottesville, United States 201 74
Warsaw, Poland 201 162
Nashville, United States 201 170
Amsterdam, Netherlands 201 -
Brussels, Belgium 201 -
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 201 150
Thessaloníki, Greece 251 -
Tempe Junction, United States 251 109
Cardiff, United Kingdom 251 84
Seoul, South Korea 251 -
Tallahassee, United States 251 -
Jena, Germany 251 -
Harbin, China 251 -
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 251 -
Hiroshima, Japan 251 140
Kanpur, India 251 -
Kraków, Poland 251 193
Hannover, Germany 251 -
Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia 251 -
Sydney, Australia 251 104
Taipei, Taiwan 251 -
Boston, United States 251 -
Busan, South Korea 251 -
Kingston, Canada 251 -
Troy, United States 251 -
Seoul, South Korea 251 -
Guangzhou, China 251 -
Tampere, Finland 251 -
Jerusalem, Israel 251 129
São Paulo, Brazil 251 -
Albuquerque, United States 251 -
Tokyo, Japan 251 -
Tomsk, Russia 251 -
Barcelona, Spain 251 -
Nice, France 251 144
Cork, Ireland 251 -
Antwerpen, Belgium 251 -
Riverside, United States 251 121
Christchurch, New Zealand 251 -
Orlando, United States 251 -
Santiago, Chile 251 120
Köln, Germany 251 -
Granada, Spain 251 48
Ljubljana, Slovenia 251 -
Chapel Hill, United States 251 -
Pavia, Italy 251 -
Glasgow, United Kingdom 251 -
Guildford, United Kingdom 251 -
Brighton, United Kingdom 251 86
Knoxville, United States 251 -
York, United Kingdom 251 -
Vilnius, Lithuania 251 -
Blacksburg, United States 251 -
Warsaw, Poland 251 -
Moscow, Russia 301 -
Beijing, China 301 -
Ankara, Turkey 301 -
Waltham, United States 301 -
Jeonju, South Korea 301 -
Bangkok, Thailand 301 -
Lyon, France 301 99
Belo Oriente, Brazil 301 -
Gwangju, South Korea 301 -
Düsseldorf, Germany 301 -
Khargapur, India 301 -
Ames, United States 301 -
Seoul, South Korea 301 -
Ottawa, Canada 301 -
Linköping, Sweden 301 -
Ankara, Turkey 301 -
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 301 -
Trondheim, Norway 301 -
Valencia, Spain 301 -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 301 -
Islamabad, Pakistan 301 -
Melbourne, Australia 301 -
Jinan, China 301 -
Shanghai, China 301 -
Burnaby, Canada 301 -
Syracuse, United States 301 -
New York City, United States 301 -
Exeter, United Kingdom 301 115
Tokyo, Japan 301 -
George Town, Malaysia 301 -
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 301 -
Bari, Italy 301 -
Bath, United Kingdom 301 -
Bordeaux, France 301 -
Catania, Italy 301 -
Coimbra, Portugal 301 -
Genoa, Italy 301 -
Houston, United States 301 -
Jyväskylä, Finland 301 -
Lawrence, United States 301 -
Konstanz, Germany 301 -
Leicester, United Kingdom 301 94
Montpellier, France 301 133
Seoul, South Korea 301 -
London, Canada 301 -
Würzburg, Germany 301 178
Saint Louis, United States 301 199
Wuhan, China 301 -
Xi'an, China 301 -
Puebla, Mexico 351 -
Bielefeld, Germany 351 -
Newton, United States 351 -
Braunschweig, Germany 351 163
Budapest, Hungary 351 -
Chiba, Japan 351 -
Gwangju, South Korea 351 -
Williamsburg, United States 351 -
Bratislava, Slovakia 351 -
Freguesia do Ribeirao da Ilha, Brazil 351 -
Rio Grande, Brazil 351 150
Valparaíso, Chile 351 -
Washington, D. C., United States 351 -
Wuhan, China 351 -
Trieste, Italy 351 52
Istanbul, Turkey 351 -
Saint Petersburg, Russia 351 -
Graz, Austria 351 -
Kazan, Russia 351 -
Athens, Greece 351 -
Osaka-shi, Japan 351 -
Pisa, Italy 351 -
Kiev, Ukraine 351 -
Toulouse, France 351 -
Munster, Germany 351 -
Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia 351 -
Buffalo, United States 351 -
Bergen, Norway 351 -
Cincinnati, United States 351 -
Storrs, United States 351 -
Rethymno, Greece 351 191
Göteborg, Sweden 351 -
Leipzig, Germany 351 -
Liège, Belgium 351 117
Norman, United States 351 -
Dunedin, New Zealand 351 -
Ottawa, Canada 351 -
Santiago de Compostela, Spain 351 -
Sherbrooke, Canada 351 -
Odense, Denmark 351 -
Tartu, Estonia 351 -
Richardson, United States 351 -
Johannesburg, South Africa 351 -
Turku, Finland 351 118
Wroclaw, Poland 351 -
Zaragoza, Spain 351 -
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia 351 -
Yekaterinburg, Russia 351 -
Toronto, Canada 351 -
Kraków, Poland 401 -
Birmingham, United Kingdom 401 -
Cairo, Egypt 401 -
Ottawa, Canada 401 -
Fort Collins, United States 401 -
Cranfield, United Kingdom 401 -
Sydney, Australia 401 159
Dalian, China 401 -
Hanover, United States 401 -
Budapest, Hungary 401 -
Florianópolis, Brazil 401 -
Incheon, South Korea 401 -
Jilin City, China 401 -
Linz, Austria 401 -
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 401 -
Seoul, South Korea 401 -
Loughborough, United Kingdom 401 -
Tianjin, China 401 -
Olomouc, Czech Republic 401 -
Marburg, Germany 401 -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 401 -
Swansea, United Kingdom 401 -
Iowa City, United States 401 -
Medford, United States 401 -
Bogotá, Colombia 401 -
Aveiro, Portugal 401 -
Perugia, Italy 401 -
Chambéry, France 401 -
Bremen, Germany 401 -
Bucharest, Romania 401 -
Essen, Germany 401 -
Kiel, Germany 401 -
Maribor, Slovenia 401 -
Boston, United States 401 -
Portsmouth, United Kingdom 401 63
Potsdam, Germany 401 183
Rostock, Germany 401 -
Beijing, China 401 -
Sevilla, Spain 401 -
Sydney, Australia 401 -
Bogotá, Colombia 401 -
Salt Lake City, United States 401 114
Wollongong, Australia 401 -
Bucharest, Romania 401 -
Wellington, New Zealand 401 -
Varanasi, India 451 -
Beijing, China 451 -
Minsk, Belarus 451 -
Istanbul, Turkey 451 -
Cleveland, United States 451 108
Seoul, South Korea 451 -
Dublin, Ireland 451 -
Shanghai, China 451 -
Fairfax, United States 451 167
Atlanta, United States 451 192
Graz, Austria 451 -
Brisbane, Australia 451 -
Chicago, United States 451 -
Gubbi, India 451 -
Roorkee, India 451 -
Manhattan, United States 451 -
Stockholm, Sweden 451 -
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 451 -
Moscow, Russia 451 -
Islamabad, Pakistan 451 -
Okayama, Japan 451 -
London, United Kingdom 451 -
Saarbrücken, Germany 451 -
Samara, Russia 451 -
Stellenbosch, South Africa 451 -
Tuscaloosa, United States 451 -
Lisbon, Portugal 451 -
Mons, Belgium 451 -
Aberdeen, United Kingdom 451 -
Belgrade, Serbia 451 -
Kolkata, India 451 -
Chengdu, China 451 -
Lexington, United States 451 -
Lausanne, Switzerland 451 -
Modena, Italy 451 -
Nantes, France 451 -
Lincoln, United States 451 -
Newcastle, Australia 451 -
Eugene, United States 451 -
Porto, Portugal 451 110
Québec, Canada 451 -
Roma, Italy 451 -
Santiago, Chile 451 -
Siegen, Germany 451 -
Columbia, United States 451 -
Lejona, Spain 451 -
Zagreb, Croatia 451 -
Pullman, United States 451 -
Canberra, Australia 51 33
Madrid, Spain 51 100
Bologna, Italy 51 -
Boston, United States 51 188
Pittsburgh, United States 51 68
Delft, Netherlands 51 -
Durham, United Kingdom 51 26
Paris, France 51 -
Shanghai, China 51 -
Atlanta, United States 51 -
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51 -
Mitte, Germany 51 -
Baltimore, United States 51 17
Seoul, South Korea 51 -
Stockholm, Sweden 51 161
Leiden, Netherlands 51 15
Moscow, Russia 51 -
Hsinchu, Taiwan 51 -
New York City, United States 51 59
Evanston, United States 51 102
Columbus, United States 51 16
University Park, United States 51 24
Namyangju, South Korea 51 -
Santiago, Chile 51 71
West Lafayette, United States 51 128
Shanghai, China 51 -
Seoul, South Korea 51 -
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 51 18
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51 -
Berlin, Germany 51 -
Paris, France 51 9
Amsterdam, Netherlands 51 61
Barcelona, Spain 51 90
Bonn, Germany 51 56
Bristol, United Kingdom 51 -
San Diego, United States 51 87
Boulder, United States 51 51
Copenhagen, Denmark 51 28
Genève, Switzerland 51 32
Hamburg, Germany 51 165
Orsay, France 51 46
Philadelphia, United States 51 87
Pisa, Italy 51 187
Hefei, China 51 130
Southampton, United Kingdom 51 116
Sydney, Australia 51 44
Seattle, United States 51 40
Madison, United States 51 55
Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 51 96
Seoul, South Korea 51 -
Nijmegen, Netherlands - 58
Irvine, United States - 62
Hatfield, United Kingdom - 70
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain - 72
Liverpool, United Kingdom - 78
Bologna, Italy - 79
Minneapolis, United States - 80
Ferrara, Italy - 95
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom - 106
Lyon, France - 113
Las Cruces, United States - 119
Honolulu, United States - 127
Milwaukee, United States - 143
Baltimore, United States - 154
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 160
Preston, United Kingdom - 169
Wyoming, United States - 170
Cape Town, South Africa - 172
Keele, United Kingdom - 175
Huntsville, United States - 177
Durham, United States - 184