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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Explore planets, stars and galaxies, and discuss black holes, dark matter and the Big Bang.

Taught exclusively online, this course delivers flexible and fully supported modules allowing you to study for a formal postgraduate qualification in astronomy over the course of two years. It is designed to give you a robust and up-to-date background in areas such as planetary science, stellar physics and cosmology.

Guided by a supportive tutor, you will strengthen your scientific communication and essay writing skills and build your understanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics. You will also explore advanced topics, from exoplanets and the search for life to the theory of relativity and the standard model of particle physics.

Course content

This part-time two-year programme is made up of six 20-credit modules and comprises of two stages: Certificate and Diploma.

The programme is designed to give you a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary astronomy, whether or not your background is in physics.

We hold an optional two-day Residential Weekend at York each year. Each event is an opportunity to meet your fellow students and staff, engage in discussion and share your knowledge of astronomy. These events are free of charge, though you are expected to meet the costs of your travel, accommodation and sustenance. For students who are unable to attend these weekends, there is the option to watch recordings of the key sessions from each weekend.

Should your circumstances change, you can end your studies after one year and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.

Careers and skills

This Postgraduate Diploma in Astronomy is enriching to astronomers at various stages of their academic journeys. As a graduate, you will have a newfound confidence in your personal abilities as well as an established variety of transferable skills and a rich knowledge of a variety of astrophysical topics.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 3,040per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

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  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 50

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    152 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92.0 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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