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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Astrophysics is no longer accepting new applications.


Students experience 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.

For full details of the course, follow the link to Part III Astrophysics (whose course content and arrangements are identical to the MASt course but are taken by students already enrolled at the University of Cambridge); note that the courses on offer vary somewhat from year to year.

One to one supervision

Each student is assigned a supervisor for their individual research project. The projects are specific to each student, i.e. every student is doing something different from the other students. Project supervisors meet their students individually. Supervisions for the project are one-on-one with at least eight hours of contact time.

Seminars & classes

Students can attend any of the numerous seminars given in the Institute of Astronomy, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and the Department of Physics. However, these are not formally part of the course work.


Students normally offer the equivalent of four courses, each of 24 lectures, for examination, but typically attend the equivalent of six or more such courses. The typical lecture load is nine lectures per week in Michaelmas and Lent terms.

In addition, there are large-group (typically six to 12 students) example classes organised by the course lecturers. 

Journal clubs

One per week.

Literature Reviews

A literature review is a component of every project.


For the projects, students receive regular feedback from their supervisor and sometimes from the course co-ordinator through termly written supervision reports.


Thesis / Dissertation

Project report of not more than 30 pages (with guidelines for minimum font size). The project mark contributes approximately one third of the total mark.

Written examination

Students complete written examinations for a number of courses that normally total of 12 units (a three-hour examination for a course of 24 lectures is equal to three units).


Examined oral presentation for the project.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

Institute of Astronomy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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