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What will I learn?

The Institute of Astronomy offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in astronomy, physics or mathematics to study for a one-year master level qualification in astrophysics working alongside fourth-year (Part III) students taking the final year of the integrated master's undergraduate MSci Astrophysics Tripos.

The course consists of an extended project (either observational or theoretical, worth about a third of the total credit) and a choice of a range of high-level specialist courses, most of which are examined in June. The course aims to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enthusiasms to the best of their potential. Owing to the demanding level of the course and the competition for a limited number of places, applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.

Students completing the year should have:

  • had experience of a number of areas of astrophysics from a choice of options taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth;
  • carried out a substantial research project amounting to about one-third of the work in the course;
  • enhanced their communications skills;
  • become well prepared for a career in academic research or one where independent research skills are required.

Which department am I in?

Astronomy, Institute Of

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£30,678.00 (US$ 35,024) Overall cost
The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £11,438 and settling In fee £350.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2022

Venue

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,

Cambridge,

Cambridgeshire,

CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university with an overall GPA of at least 3.5/4 GPA 3.5/4; GPA 4.3/5. If the academic requirement of the course is a first then they need to have an overall GPA of at least 3.7/4; GPA 4.6/5.

For international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. Applicants need an IELTS score 7.0 overall with 7 in listening, 7 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 7 in speaking; TOEFL Internet Score 100 overall with 25 in listening , 25 in writing, 25 in Reading and 25 in speaking.

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

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