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What will I learn?


Our MSc in Astrophysics is a full-time degree course which aims to provide specialist training and an edge in a highly competitive recruitment market to students who wish to work in the field of astrophysics. On the course, we will cover theoretical, observational and instrumental areas in astrophysics and other scientific disciplines. We encourage you to develop a critical awareness of current research problems and new insights at the forefront of astronomy and astrophysics. We will also discuss the working context of the modern astrophysicist, including the safety, ethical, and research environments. On completing the course students should be able to pursue a career in academic research, physical science industrial practice, research and development, or in other highly-skilled numerate careers.

Course structure

There are two stages to this programme. The first stage consists of core and optional taught modules which total 120 credits. These are split across the autumn and spring semester. Once you have successfully passed the first stage, you may progress onto the second stage of the programme which is a research project (60 credits). You will undertake a 4-month research project, either with one of the research groups in our School or externally during a placement with one of our industrial partners. You will then complete a dissertation outlining your research. The dissertation should be carried out independently under supervision from an appropriate member of academic staff with research interests in your chosen area.

Learning and assessment

At Cardiff we provide dedicated taught master’s teaching facilities including a dedicated teaching laboratory, seminar and meeting rooms and quiet study space. PCs for the exclusive use of the taught master’s cohort are provided throughout. Our MSc programmes are designed around the central idea of building a taught master’s community which works together as a group to enhance learning. This innovative design was presented to the wider UK Higher Education Teaching Specialist Community at the Variety in Chemistry Education / Physics Education (ViCE/PHEC) Conference in 2016 alongside our undergraduate and outreach innovations. You can therefore be assured that your MSc course has been designed and implemented with reference to the latest developments in educational research and methodology. The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the backgrounds of the students present, the subject matter and the method(s) of assessment.

Which department am I in?

School of Physics and Astronomy

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
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Start date

26 September 2022


Cardiff University

PO Box 921,


CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you have a bachelor's or master's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States, you will be considered for our postgraduate research courses. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admission tutors will pay special attention to relevant classes taken during the degree. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

For international students

BSc Physics (2:1 minimum) OR BSc Maths (2:1 minimum) OR BEng Engineering (2:1 minimum). If you have a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in the above subjects, a related physical science, astrophysics, astronomy, mathematics, engineering or relevant industrial experience, your application will be given individual consideration. In such circumstances you may be required to attend a formal interview with the admissions tutor before an offer can be made. For 2:2 holders, the likelihood of being offered a place on the course is highest if your overall marks lie close to the 2:1/:2:2 boundary. In order to consider your application, we require two academic references and transcript copies of your previous qualifications.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Recently invested GBP 600m in its facilities