Distance Learning Programmes in Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Astronomy & Space Sciences

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Astronomy is the natural science that studies celestial bodies, the forces developed in their interaction in space and other observable phenomena. Space sciences include other areas of investigation such as space travel and space exploration, in addition to astronomy. Astronomers observe the birth, evolution, extinction and movement of objects in space, such as planets and stars, solar systems and galaxies, asteroids and comets, and black holes. Professionals try to predict future outcomes in the life of the universe, and they try to formulate clear theories about the past and origin of the cosmos. Astronomy and space sciences are closely related to astrophysics, aerospace engineering, astronautics, and it often involves knowledge from chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.

Bachelors and Masters in Astronomy blend theoretical lectures in mathematics and astrophysics, with observatory practices, computer programming and simulations. Space studies deliver knowledge regarding space sciences, management, operations and economy. Students deal with subjects covering the mechanics behind space stations, satellites, space crafts and transportation systems.

Many astronomy graduates choose to continue their studies in research, in a specialised area of astronomy. Career prospects include traditional positions such as scientist, technician, engineer, astronomer, or manager within an observatory or an institute.

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Suggested Online Programmes Astronomy & Space Sciences

Short Course Astronomy

This Astronomy module at The Open University UK considers the structure, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and the Universe as a whole, asking questions such as: How are stars born, and what happens when they die? How do galaxies form, and how do we know that the universe began in a ‘big bang’?

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Short Course Astrophysics

This Astrophysics module at The Open University UK focuses on the astrophysics of stars and exoplanets – examining their properties, structure, evolution and the physical processes that occur within them.

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Short Course Science: Galaxies, Stars and Planets

Develop your understanding of a wide range of topics in astronomy by exploring the fascinating science behind the galaxies, stars and planets of the Universe. Earn a Science: Galaxies, Stars and Planets degree at The Open University UK.  

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