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This MSc provides students with the skills, knowledge and research ability for a career in Astrophysics. The programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for well qualified postgraduates who will be able to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments in this field. What and how will I learn? Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area, through project work, as a member of a research team. The programme provides the professional skills necessary to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a choice of four core courses (60 credits), two options (30 credits), a research essay (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered. Core Modules Planetary Atmospheres Solar Physics High-energy Astrophysics Stellar Atmospheres and Stellar Winds Galaxy and Cluster Dynamics Cosmology Mathematics for General Relativity Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics Dissertationreport Students submit a critical research essay of approximately 8,000 words and undertake an in-depth research project which culminates in a formal report and oral presentation. Options Physics MSc Core Courses Space and Climate Science MSc Core Courses Medical Physics MSc Core Courses Intercollegiate 4th year Courses 4th year MSci Physics and Astrophysics Courses Plastic and Molecular (Opto)electronics Further details available on subject website: http:www.ucl.ac.ukphysadmissionsmscMSc_Astrophysics The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical, laboratory and computer-based classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for graduate study. The department's participation in many international collaborations means we provide exceptional opportunities to work as part of an international team. Examples include work at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and at the EISCAT radar instruments in Scandinavia for studying the Earth's upper atmosphere. For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the HECToR service. In some cases, opportunities exist for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas. Your future career Physics opens up many avenues to employment through the skills acquired: these embrace problem solving, the training of a logical and numerate mind, computation skills, modelling and material analysis and the ability to think laterally. These combined with team work, vision and enthusiasm make physics graduates highly desirable members of all dynamic companies. Physics established careers embrace a broad-band of areas e.g. Information Technology, Engineering, Finance, Research and Development, Medicine, Nanotechnology and Photonics. It is no wonder that employers regard a physics degree as a flexible and highly desirable university training. Entry Requirements A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. How to apply Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Who can apply? This MSc is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or related discipline, who wish to develop a career in ast
This MSc provides students with the skills, knowledge and research ability for a career in Astrophysics. The programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for well qualified postgraduates who will be able to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments in this field. What and how will I learn? Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area, thro...