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Exploring the Universe

University of Oxford

3 months
Duration
300 GBP/full
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About

How old is the Universe? How unusual is the Solar System? How will it all end? University of Oxford astronomers Chris Lintott (BBC’s Sky at Night) and Robert Simpson provide an overview of the last 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution, answering these questions and more. The Exploring the Universe course will take participants to the cutting-edge of astrophysics.

Overview

Covering cutting-edge ideas, techniques and discoveries in astrophysics, they aim to tell the scientific stories behind the beautiful pictures produced by the world’s largest telescopes.

Course aims

  • This Exploring the Universe course at University of Oxford aims to provide an overview of the last 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution and the future of the Universe, covering cutting-edge ideas, techniques and discoveries in cosmology and astrophysics.
  • This course will enable participants to gain an understanding of the ideas underpinning modern cosmology and astrophysics, engage independently with the scientific literature on the topic and to discuss what is still unknown.

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be expected to understand the evidence supporting current theories of cosmology, star and planet formation, together with their implications for our understanding of the Universe. By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:

  • Ability to critically assess astronomical ideas and theories and to be familiar with the current consensus view(s) in the scientific community.
  • Ability to independently search for relevant information to inspire and answer questions.
  • A familiarity with navigating and critiquing popular and technical material on the web.
  • Ability to discuss scientific ideas with their peers in a reasoned and well-argued fashion.

Programme Structure

Programme details

  • The astronomical unit
  • The Big Bang
  • Leaving the dark ages
  • Galaxies
  • Star formation
  • Extrasolar planets and planet formation
  • Exploring the Solar System
  • Astrobiology
  • The end of stars
  • The fate of the Universe

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

10 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course aims to provide an overview of the last 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution and the future of the Universe, covering cutting-edge ideas, techniques and discoveries in cosmology and astrophysics.
  • We do not insist that applicants hold an English language certification, but warn that they may be at a disadvantage if their language skills are not of a comparable level to those qualifications listed on our website. If you are confident in your proficiency, please feel free to enrol.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.

Funding

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