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MSc by Research

MSc by Research (Astrophysics)

1 year
September 2024

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.

How to apply for postgraduate research

Interested in studying postgraduate research? The application process can vary but we have some helpful tips.

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Academic expertise

Dr Megan Argo
Senior Lecturer
Dr Timo Laitinen
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Professor Silvia Dalla
Professor of Solar Physics
Dr Dimitris Stamatellos
Reader in Astrophysics

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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