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Liverpool John Moores University

Observational Astrophysics

LJMU's innovative MSc in Observational Astrophysics is delivered by world-leading academics and provides access to the research class robotic Liverpool Telescope.

- Benefit from high-quality, innovative teaching

- Gain a qualification designed to facilitate continued study at PhD level

- Learn from world-leading researchers

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.

Entry requirements

MSc: You will need:

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

Additional Information

As this is a Distance Learning programme the usual rules in terms of UK Visas and Immigration restrictions to full-time study do not apply
IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements:

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core Modules

Astrophysical Concepts (30 credits)
Astronomical Techniques (30 credits)
Time-Domain Astrophysics (30 credits)
Observational Astrophysics Project (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Cosmology (30 credits)
Numerical Methods in Astrophysics (30 credits)

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this course are designed to support learning and reward progression during the course of the module.

Most taught modules on this course include a written examination, with other assignments including quizzes, short essays, and critiques of scientific papers.

The research project and dissertation exam includes a written report and an oral presentation/interview. In most cases the oral interviews will be done via video link, although you may opt to come to Liverpool to do these in person.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 (Credit) EU 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 (Credit) Northern Ireland 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 (Credit) Wales 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2019 1 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 (Credit) Scotland 2 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 43 (Credit) England 2 Years

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