Programme structure

The programme includes specialised training by way of taught courses followed by an independent research project.

The taught element of the programme includes both compulsory courses and specialist courses which will bring you to an advanced level in the required subject material.  You also have the opportunity to select courses from a range of options depending on your interests and career ambitions. 

Completion of this one-year programme results in the award of an MSc Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences degree. Both semesters contain both core and optional courses. The structure of the programme is as follows:

You will take the following compulsory courses:

  • Astrobiology: Theory Project Design and Literature Analysis
  • Astrobiology: Methods
  • Social Dimensions of Astrobiology and Space Exploration
  • Project Design and Literature Analysis

You must then choose one specialist course from the following list:

  • Astrophysics: Stars and Planets
  • Planetary Science

You also have a wide choice of optional courses to select from, including:

  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Advanced Analytical and Characterisation Methods
  • Python for Life Sciences

Dissertation project

Following the taught component of the programme, you will undertake a three-month research project leading to a dissertation.