BSc (Hons) / CertHE

Astronomy (Distance Learning)

6 Years
September 2024
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.

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)
  • You’ll have the chance to achieve a different qualification with each level you reach. If you complete a dissertation project after six or more years, you can achieve your BSc (Hons) degree.
  • 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.


Course delivery

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


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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 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.

Fees and funding

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

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