Where to Study the Night Sky

This is a good example of gravitational lensing, as the Sunburst Arc galaxy seen in this image is visible at least 12 times within the four arcs. Credit: NASA, ESA, K. Sharon (Tel Aviv University) and E. Ofek (Caltech) This Hubble image shows gravitational lensing in action as the light from a distant quasar is bent and multiplied by the gravity of a cluster of galaxies in front of it.

You can learn more about the Universe by taking an astronomy course.


There’s a wide variety on offer, covering all age groups and levels of experience, to help you take your interest further.

Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy houses one of the UK’s largest communities of astronomers and astrophysicists.

Learn Physics and Astrophysics in an internationally renowned, friendly research environment.

– A range of 3 year (BSc) and 4 year (MPhys) undergraduate degrees, with a core fi rst year to allow for fl exibility between schemes

– A BSc programme in “Physics and Astronomy with a Professional Placement”

– Final year independent projects, working with real astronomers on real research topics

– An on–site astronomical observatory, control rooms and data processing laboratories

– Learn transferable skills allowing excellent employment possibilities

– Become part of a friendly and thriving capital city and a vibrant student community

Tel: 02920 876457 / 874144

Website: http://www.astro.cf.ac.uk

Liverpool John Moores University

Explore the universe with any of our 12 part-time accredited distance learning courses.

You will be guided by professional astronomers based at LJMU, as well as gaining access to observations from the world’s largest robotic telescope, the Liverpool Telescope, on its premier site in the Canary Islands.

Courses Include:

Exploring the Universe, Galaxies, The Universe Through A Small Telescope, Astronomy for Teaching, Planetary Atmospheres, Modern Cosmology, The Universe Through A Large Telescope, The Science of Science Fiction, Planetary Geology, Stars, Gamma Ray Bursts and Exoplanets.

Tel: 0151 231 2900

Website: http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/distance

University College London

The UCL Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy is taught at the UCL campus in Central London.

The two year course of part-time study requires no subject-related A-level. Study is in UCL’s Physics and Astronomy Department, one evening per week from 6 to 9pm.

It has a much greater coverage of astronomy than ordinary evening classes and includes regular practical classes at UCL’s superbly equipped Observatory at Mill Hill.

This course is ideal for keen amateur astronomers, teachers and everyone interested in learning more about astronomy.

he certificate is endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society.

Details and application form are linked on the web page below

Tel: 020 7679 3943

Website: http://www.phys.ucl.ac.uk/part-time/PTAstro/

University of Central Lancashire

As one of the world’s leading providers of distance learning astronomy study, UCLan offers a range of part-time courses starting from University Certifi cates up to Honours Degree level.

University Certifi cates are single-module awards designed for people with no prior knowledge of the subject.

They can be used towards more advanced awards leading to our BSc (Hons) Astronomy. Visit www.studyastronomy.com for more information.

UCLan’s BSc (Hons) and MPhys (Hons) Astrophysics, based at our wellappointed and modern campus in Preston, provide essential training in understanding the physical concepts that govern our Universe.

Visit www.uclan.ac.uk/courses for more information.

Tel: 01772 892400

Website: http://www.studyastronomy.com

University of York

The University of York offers flexible MPhys (4-year) and BSc (3-year) degree programmes including Physics with Astrophysics.

The Physics with Astrophysics degree programme includes a good allround knowledge of physics, but with a special focus, both theoretical and experimental, upon astrophysics.

The astrophysics options and research project enable you to pursue in-depth knowledge of a range of astrophysics topics, including those aligned with the Department’s active research groups.

You will also get hands-on experience using the Department’s suite of optical and radio telescopes..

Key teaching and research areas include nuclear astrophysics, fusion and lasers, nanotechnology, computational and theoretical physics

Tel: 01904 322241