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Astronomy and Astrophysics MPhil

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Astronomy and Astrophysics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

The observational programme regularly uses a variety of international telescopes, in particular the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, GEMINI telescope and the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii, the La Palma Observatory, the Anglo-Australian Telescope, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Much of our work involves multi-wavelength observations of the Hidden Universe, those regions of the Universe which are invisible with optical telescopes because they are cold and shrouded in dust - the regions where new galaxies, stars and planets are forming.


Our principal objectives have to do with Origins: measuring the fluctuations from which the first clusters of galaxies formed; probing the formation, structure and evolution of galaxies, both today and at large look-back times; detecting new forms of matter; determining the relative abundances of the chemical elements in different parts of the Universe; detecting stars and planets in the earliest stages of formation and charting their birth throes.

These observational and instrumental activities are complemented by a strong and diverse theoretical programme which is also aimed at answering Origins questions, such as:

  • what determines the structure and dynamics of the enormous molecular clouds from which new stars and planets form
  • the efficiency of star formation and the masses with which stars form
  • the clustering properties of stars and why most stars are born in binary systems
  • how galaxies form and how galaxies in clusters inter act with one another
  • how, when and where the chemical elements are synthesised
  • how the evolution and appearance of the Universe are affected by dust
  • how the process of galaxy formation relates to cosmology, particularly the large-scale structure of the "cosmic web"

These projects make extensive use of computer modelling and simulations, using national and international supercomputers, as well as powerful in-house parallel machines.

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University information

Cardiff University

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    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 49 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    145 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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