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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Astrophysics is no longer accepting new applications.

The Institute of Astronomy offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, physics or mathematics to study for a one-year master level qualification in astrophysics working alongside fourth-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated master's undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos.

The course consists of an extended project (either observational or theoretical, worth about a third of the total credit) and a choice of a range of high-level specialist courses, most of which are examined in June. The course aims to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enthusiasms to the best of their potential. Owing to the demanding level of the course and the competition for a limited number of places, applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.

Learning Outcomes

 Students completing the year should have:

  • had experience of a number of areas of astrophysics from a choice of options taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth;
  • carried out a substantial research project amounting to about one-third of the work in the course;
  • enhanced their communications skills;
  • become well prepared for a career in academic research or one where independent research skills are required.  

Continuing

Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Astronomy must make an application for admission to the PhD via the Applicant Portal in the normal way. To satisfy the academic requirement for admission to the PhD a student must pass the MASt.

 


Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

Institute of Astronomy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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