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Observational Astrophysics, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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This innovative MSc in Observational Astrophysics is delivered by world leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and is delivered by world-leading academics and provides access to the research class robotic Liverpool Telescope.


An ideal choice if you have a strong background in mathematics and a good knowledge of basic physics at degree level, this programme does not require any specific knowledge of astrophysics.In these scientific fields, entry to top-level research is almost always via the PhD route, and it is anticipated that most students taking this MSc will be interested in further study at PhD level and beyond. The Observational Astrophysics programme  at Liverpool John Moores University  offers the flexibility of studying remotely and gaining a Masters qualification by distance learning. All learning materials are delivered by LJMU's Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to all the major


This Observational Astrophysics masters prepares you for a research career in astronomy, astrophysics, space science or related disciplines. It provides the opportunity for you to plan and complete a substantial programme of original research at the highest level. We expect that all projects should provide the potential for you to publish papers in refereed journals.

The MSc also provides key transferable high-level skills in computing, accessing and manipulating complex data from large databases, assimilating 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Astrophysical Concepts
  • Astrophysical Observations
  • Time-domain Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Observational Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    74 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 74 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    43 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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