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University of Glasgow: Astrophysics

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Physics & Astronomy
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

The Masters in Astrophysics gives you an understanding of the principles and methods of modern astrophysics at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

The School plays a world-leading role in the design and operation of the worldwide network of laser interferometers that have detected gravitational waves.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is highly active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have regular opportunities to engage with our industrial collaborators through informal visits, guest lectures and workshops.

The School plays a world-leading role in the design and operation of the worldwide network of laser interferometers that have detected gravitational waves. The School of Physics and Astronomy is highly active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have regular opportunities to engage with our industrial collaborators through informal visits, guest lectures and workshops. * This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MSc programmes automatically meet the master’s level education requirement for Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. To fully meet the educational requirements for CPhys graduates must also possess an IOP accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent. * The School has a major role in the award winning NASA RHESSI X-ray mission studying solar flares and in several other forthcoming international space missions such as ESA’s Solar Orbiter. * You will also benefit from our membership of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. The alliance brings together internationally leading physics research across Scotland to form the largest physics grouping in the UK. * You will gain the theoretical, observational and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve advanced astrophysics problems, providing you with an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadership in academia or industry. * You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences. * You will benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and supervise your projects.

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Astrophysics include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

The programme draws upon a wide range of advanced Masters-level courses. You will have the flexibility to tailor your choice of optional courses and project work to a variety of specific research topics and their applications in the area of astrophysics.

Please note: some courses are only offered on alternate years (indicated in brackets after the course).

Core courses include

  • ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
  • GRAVITATIONAL WAVE DETECTION
  • RESEARCH SKILLS
  • THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE
  • MSC PROJECT

These core courses run on alternate years:

  • GENERAL RELATIVITY AND GRAVITATION (next running 2022-23)
  • PULSARS AND SUPERNOVAE (next running 2022-23)
  • PLASMA THEORY AND DIAGNOSTICS (next running 2023-24)
  • STATISTICAL ASTRONOMY (next running 2023-24)

Optional courses include

  • QUANTUM AND ATOM OPTICS
  • DYNAMICS, ELECTRODYNAMICS & RELATIVITY
  • ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY 2
  • STATISTICAL MECHANICS

These optional courses run on alternate years:

  • COSMOLOGY (next running 2022-23)
  • EXPLORING PLANETARY SYSTEMS (next running 2022-23)
  • INSTRUMENTS FOR OPTICAL AND RADIO ASTRONOMY (next running 2022-23)
  • GALAXIES (next running 2023-24)
  • HELIOPHYSICS AND STELLAR ATMOSPHERES (next running 2023-24)
  • STELLAR STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION (next running 2023-24)

Career opportunities include academic research, based in universities, research institutes, observatories and laboratory facilities; industrial research in a wide range of fields including energy and the environmental sector, IT and semiconductors, optics and lasers, materials science, telecommunications, engineering; banking and commerce; higher education.

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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