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BSc (Hons)

Astronomy (Distance Learning)

6 Years
September 2022
Distance Learning

This is distance learning in every sense – exploring the galaxy from your home. It’s a chance to indulge in your passion for astronomy and cosmology, taking your studies at your pace.

This course offers an opportunity to delve into astronomy in your own time – developing your understanding right from the start, all the way up to honours level.

Along the way, you’ll develop the full range of scientific skills through experimental and observational work, library research skills and report writing. While the learning materials are online, with assessments done at home, you will complete group projects with your fellow distance learners.

The course offers a flexible approach, where you build up modules over the years, for as long as you’re interested. You’ll have the chance to achieve a different qualification with each level you reach and, with a dissertation project after six or more years, you can achieve your BSc (Hons) degree.

Why study with us

  • • Our Astronomy provision is ranked 2nd in the UK with 96% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2021)
  • This is the first and only distance-learning single subject Astronomy degree available from a UK university.
  • Study at your own pace – choosing how many modules to study each year. At first, you can even test the waters with individual modules.

What you'll do

  • The course concentrates on the astronomical principles, avoiding complicated mathematics where it can.
  • You’ll have the chance to work with observations from our new £200,000 telescope for your dissertation.
  • You’ll study astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology and our Milky Way and galaxies beyond, drawing on the expertise of our staff with research interests in solar and stellar astrophysics, and galactic and extragalactic astronomy.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This is a distance learning course which is taught entirely online with no face-to-face teaching.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Institute of Physics (IOP)

The BSc (Hons) in Astronomy is recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and all graduates are eligible for Membership of the Institute. Students on the course are eligible for IOP digital student membership.

Future careers

While our BSc (Hons) Astronomy BSc lets you explore your passions, it also offers the scientific skills and advanced understanding to enhance careers and open new possibilities such as postgraduate study.

You’ll complete 18 modules to achieve a BSc (Hons), but you can finish earlier with other awards, like a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education.

Since we launched this programme, we’ve supported many students through to becoming full graduates. While many studied the subject to indulge a personal interest in the subject, it has also helped enhance their professional prospects. Whatever the length and mode of your studies – an Astronomy qualification can pave the way to a range of careers options, from working in education or an observatory to science communication and public outreach.

For many of our graduates, this course has been a foundation to build upon with further study at postgraduate level. For example, one of our graduates went on to achieve a master’s degree before working on a PhD in Astronomy in South Africa.

Fees and Funding

Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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