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BSc (Hons) / CertHE


6 years
September 2024
Online 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.

Why study with us

  • 1st
    in the UK for academic support
    National Student Survey (Physics and Astronomy) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • 6th
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Physics and Astronomy) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • This is the first and only online astronomy degree available from a UK university.
  • Study at your own pace, choosing your modules each year. You can achieve a different qualification with each level you reach. After six years, you could get a BSc (Hons) degree.
  • You’ll have the chance to work with observations from our £200,000 state-of-the-art robotic telescope for your dissertation.

What you'll do

  • The course concentrates on the astronomical principles, avoiding complicated mathematics where it can.
  • You’ll study astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology and our Milky Way and galaxies beyond.
  • Learn from expert staff with research interests in solar and stellar astrophysics, and galactic and extragalactic astronomy.


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 in astronomy

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

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,100 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,100 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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