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Study astrophysics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying astrophysics as an international student.

Astrophysics degrees abroad

Astrophysics is an area of study that uses the laws and principles of physics to explain the existence and behavior of astronomical objects and bodies.

As an astrophysics student, you’ll learn about the physical nature and processes of stars, nebulae, planets, galaxies, black holes, asteroids, and moons. You’ll develop a sound understanding of physics and mathematics, and use your knowledge to explore the evolution and composition of our universe.

Studying abroad is a hugely enriching experience. Not only will you have the chance to stargaze in different parts of the world, network with international experts, and access state-of-the-art observatories, but you’ll also make lifelong friends and memories.

Astrophysics program structure

You can study astrophysics at a range of educational levels. It usually takes between three and five years to complete a BSc in astrophysics, depending on your university and country of study.

The length of your undergraduate program will also be determined by whether you complete an additional 12-month placement during your studies. Placements are an excellent way of gaining industry experience and boosting your employability.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll find that most bachelor’s programs require four years of study. This is because you’ll take general education classes in your first two years, before focusing on your astrophysics major in the second half of your degree.

Once you’ve gained your BSc, you can enroll in a master’s program. An MSc can take one or two years of study, depending on whether you learn on a full or part-time basis.

If you want to continue your studies, some institutions run research-based PhD programs in astrophysics. A PhD is the highest formal qualification available and usually takes between five and six years to finish.

You’ll probably be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, observatory experiments, and laboratory work. Some universities will also arrange visits to various observatories so you can learn more about how the universe works.

Most astrophysics students are assessed through a combination of exams, written assignments, presentations, practical laboratory work, and astronomical observations.

The content covered in astrophysics programs varies slightly from university to university because lecturers will have different interests and expertise. However, most courses around the world will address these fundamental topics:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Thermal and quantum physics
  • Physics of nebulae and stars
  • Cosmology and galaxies
  • Observational astrophysics

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Astrophysics study abroad programs

Astrophysics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in astrophysics

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    Earth and Space Exploration (Astrophysics) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Physics and Astrophysics - BSc University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mathematics and Astrophysics - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Astrophysics - BA/BSc Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,544 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology - Integrated BSc/Mphy University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Astrophysics graduate programs

Master's in astrophysics

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    Astrophysics and Astronomy - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Physics - Astrophysics - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology - Integrated BSc/Mphy University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in astrophysics

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    Physics - Astrophysics - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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Future astrophysics careers

As an astrophysics graduate, you’ll be armed with an array of mathematical, problem-solving, technical, and analytical skills. These transferable capabilities will make you an attractive candidate across many sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, teaching, research, business, energy, and, of course, space industries.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular career paths for astrophysics graduates:

  • Astrophysicist
  • Research scientist
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Observatory manager
  • Professor
  • Science writer/ journalist

If figuring out what you want to do after university is proving difficult, arrange an appointment with your university’s career service. They can help with arranging internships, identifying your strengths, and making sense of your ambitions.