Specialisation: Astrophysics

In the astrophysics specialisation the students will be introduced to ideas at the cutting-edge of research in astrophysics and cosmology. Lectures will be presented by academics from the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (http://astro.dur.ac.uk/Cosmology/).

Term 1

In Term 1 (Michaelmas Term), the students will take the following lecture courses:

  • Stellar Structure & Evolution, Stellar Populations
  • Stellar dynamics
  • Galaxy clusters
  • AGNs and SMBHs
  • The Milky Way
  • Cosmology
  • The interstellar and intergalactic medium

in total 64 lecture hours.

Term 2

In Term 2 (Epiphany Term) the students will take the following lecture courses:

  • Galaxy Formation
  • Large-scale structure
  • Cosmological Simulations
  • Gravitational lensing

Preparation/Reading list

To prepare for this specialisation area, we recommend to read “An Introduction to modern cosmology” by Andrew Liddle.