PG Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics


The Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at Queen Mary, University of London, provide a unique opportunity for graduates to pursue the subject in depth, either for personal interest or as a first step towards a professional career in astronomy. The  certificate programme has been running since 1985 and around 50 certificates degrees have been awarded. Some students ahve gone on to complete the MSc, and even to do PhDs..

The programme at Queen Mary is unique in the UK in the scope of material covered. It gives students a detailed overview of the fundamentals of the subject as well as an up-to-date account of recent developments in research. The wide range of topics covered by the course reflects the breadth of research interests pursued by the members of staff in our large and friendly research group. Lectures cover such diverse topics as the origin of the universe, dark matter, the life and death of stars, black holes, extrasolar planets and space and solar plasma physics. 

Certificate Programme Structure

The Certificate programme, which starts in late September, is offered part-time over one year. 

Lectures & tutorials are given on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (lectures 14.00-16.00, tutorial 16.00-17.00) and evening (18.00-18.30 tutorial, 18.30-19.25 lecture, 19.35-20.30 lecture, 20.30-21.00 tutorial). 

Certificate students are required to take four taught modules  (one module typically comprises 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials given in a 11 week semester) i.e. 2 of the 4 modules available each semester.

  • either all teaching on Tuesday and Thursday evenings    (suitable those in full-time employment)
  • or all teaching on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • or all teaching on Tuesdays (afternoon and evening)
  • or all teaching on Thursdays (afternoon and evening) 

Modules are chosen in consultation with the MSc Astrophysics Programme Director.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics should normally have a degree in a subject with a substantial Mathematics and/or Physics content.

Fees &​ funding

The annual course fees for the 2012/13 session are (please check the linked web pages below in case of changes):

Part-time M.Sc. or Certificate

Students who are deemed to be taking an UK-based 'Equivalent or Lower Qualification' (ELQ - roughly a second taught degree of equal or lower level to the 1st - e.g who have already taken another MSc) may be liable to Higher fees.

Application procedure

Apply online via Taught Postgraduate Programme'sl - or directly using QMUL's online application form. This is the preferred method of application.

Part time PG Cert application - PGCert Astronomy and Astrophysics