Top 10 Astrophysics Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Taught masters courses in Astrophysics are often included in with general Physics programs or Cosmology or Astronomy so have a good check through the potential modules available on the course.

 

 

 

 


It’s important to be aware that not all modules are run every year, so if you want to focus on a particular area of Astrophysics speak with course leaders and the academic staff at the university that you’re interests in when you are doing your research before applying for the masters program.

Here is our rundown of 10 of the best Astrophysics Masters Degree Courses in the UK and Europe*. 

Masters of Advance Studies in Astrophysics – University of Cambridge

Cost: £10,368 for UK and EU students / £27,867 for international students. 
What You Will Study: This Masters of Advanced Studies in Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge is a competitive course and students need an excellent undergraduate degree. About a third of the course is research-based and it takes 1 year to complete with full-time study. 

MPhil in Astrophysics – University of Oxford

Cost: £7,665 for UK and EU students / £23,950 for international students. 
What You Will Study: This is the first year of the 3 to 4 year DPhil in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, resulting in a PhD. The course takes 1 year studying full time and it is a prestigious place to undertake research into Astrophysics.

MSc in Physics – ETH Zurich

Cost: CHF 580 per semester for all students. 
What You Will Study: The general MSc in Physics at ETH Zurich in Switzerland has core modules on Astrophysics and usually takes students one and a half years to complete when they are studying full time. The course is conducted in English. 

MSc in Astrophysics, Imperial College London

Cost: £8,200 for UK and EU students / £20,200 for international students. 
What You Will Study: This is a full-time course at Imperial College London that takes 12 months to complete. Modules include Astrophysics and Cosmology. There is an option to undertake an extended research project for an additional 9 months once you have completed the MSc in Astrophysics. 

MSc in Physics and Applied Physics – EPFL

Cost: CHF 580 per semester for all students. 
What You Will Study: This MSc in Physics and Applied Physics at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland is taught in English and modules include topics such as Astrophysics III: Stellar and galactic dynamics and Astrophysics IV: Observational cosmology. The course takes 2 years to complete when studying full time. 

MSc in Astrophysics ­– University College London

Cost: £11,060 for full-time UK and EU students or £5,500 per year for part-time UK and EU students / £27,040 for full-time international students and £13,750 per year for part-time international students. 
What You Will Study: This MSc in Astrophysics at UCL takes 1 year for full-time students and 2 years for part-time students to complete. Modules include Galaxy and Cluster Dynamics, Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics and High-energy Astrophysics. 

MSc by Research Astronomy and Astrophysics – University of Manchester

Cost: £9,500 total cost for all UK and EU students / £24,500 total cost for all international students. 
What You Will Study: Research areas on this MSc at the University of Manchester include Sun, Stars and Galaxies, Cosmology, and Pulsars and Time Domain Astrophysics. Students can complete their research in 1 year with full-time study or in 2 years when studying part time. 

MSc in Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh

Cost: £12,300 for UK and EU students / £21,600 for international students. 
What You Will Study: Modules at the University of Edinburgh include Galaxies, High Energy Astrophysics, and Computational Astrophysics. Students take 1-year with full-time study to finish the course.

MSc by Research in Astrophysics – Durham University

Cost: £4,327 for UK and EU students / £24,300 for international students. 
What You Will Study: Students at Durham University are based at the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology, and an MSc by Research takes 1-years studying full time to complete. 

Masters in Astrophysics – Lund University

Cost: No fees for Swedish or EU students / SEK 290 000 per year for international students. 
What You Will Study: This course at Lund University in Sweden takes 2 years with full-time study to complete and is taught in English. Modules include Planetary Systems, Dynamical Astronomy and Statistical Tools in Astrophysics.

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