MSc by Research

MSc by Research (Astrophysics)

1 Year
March 2024
Campus Taught

Perform research at the cutting edge of Astrophysics led by internationally renowned academics, involved in major research collaborations.

Why study with us

  • You will experience research at the cutting-edge of Astrophysics. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), we are proud that 90% of Physics research submitted rated as world-leading and internationally excellent overall (4/3-star).
  • This year-long course gives insights to life as a researcher. This is excellent preparation for a future research career or alternatively for a wide range of sectors.
  • You'll benefit from one-on-one supervision and gain access cutting-edge facilities.

Current projects

A research project is not necessarily rigid and may evolve as it develops, and as you develop your understanding. If you have an idea for a new project and think one of our academics is a good fit to supervise it, please contact them. Our academic contact details can be found on their staff profiles, linked in the project titles below. 

What you'll do

  • Access world-class astrophysics data. This will be from ground based telescopes and space missions, within large international collaborations, and one of the UK’s largest teaching telescopes in the Alston Observatory.
  • Take advantage of our unique experience and broad range of research areas to choose a supervisor whose work mirrors your own interests.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to publish your work in academic journals and present results to colleagues and collaborators.

Looking to start your postgraduate journey?

Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals. Take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

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Academic expertise

Megan Argo in a black starry dress and grey cardigan smiling
Dr Megan Argo
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Megan is an astrophysicist studying galaxies, supernovae and black holes at high resolution using large networks of radio telescopes. She teaches across both the on-campus and distance learning degrees in Physics and Astronomy including introductory courses, laboratory classes, …

Dr Timo Laitinen
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
School of Engineering and Computing

Timo has been a post-doctoral research associate at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) in UCLan since 2010, and is a member of the JHI's solar physics research group. Previously, he worked as a University Lecturer in Turku, Finland, and he has worked as a post-doctoral researc…

Future careers

MSc by Research degrees represent an ideal combination of timescale and topic. You choose what to do, and our experienced researchers help you do it effectively. You don’t have to commit 4 years, as for a PhD (though an MSc by Research can be a great route if you plan to subsequently enter PhD research). Where a PhD typically completes 3-4 projects for their thesis, you will complete 1. You’ll gain all of the benefit that is relevant for employment outside academia.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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