Institute of Astronomy

Master of Advanced Study in Astrophysics

Applications for Admission October 2024 - PhD / MPhil / MASt


Applications to the PhD, MPhil and MASt in Astronomy/Astrophysics are now being accepted.  Please read the information regarding the courses and how to apply carefully.  If you cannot find the answer to your question on our website or in the FAQ's please get in touch with the Admissions team -


Course and funding application - 5th December 2023 (11.59pm UK time).

Gates Cambridge Scholarship - US Applicants only - 11 October 2023


Students with Overseas fee status will be interviewed (by Zoom) in January 2024

Students with Home fee status will be interviewed (in person) during the week commencing 26th February 2024


The IoA offers an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified students who have completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in astronomy/physics/mathematics to study for a one year Masters level qualification in astro-physics.  This course consists of an extended project (either observational or theoretical, worth about a third of the total credit) and a choice of a range of high level specialist courses, most of which are examined in June. Owing to the demanding level of the course and the competition for a limited number of places, applicants should have achieved (or expect to achieve) a very good performance in their undergraduate degree. Although some bursary funding may be available, applicants should expect to arrange their own funding.

About two thirds of the assessment for this degree is based on rigorous  written examinations.  Most of the examinable courses are taken from Part III of the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos and so require a high level of mathematical ability.  The level is such that, for example, internally within Cambridge Mathematics, only those students who have a first class result in Part II of the Tripos, or can demonstrate that they had first class potential, are permitted to proceed to Part III.  All students who are accepted for entry into the MASt Astrophysics course should be aware that the Institute of Astronomy strongly recommends the satisfactory completion of one of the Part II CATAM computer projects organised by the Mathematics Faculty, before starting the course in October. Details of this year's summer CATAM work will be circulated via email towards the end of July 23.

For full details of the course, follow the link to Part III Astrophysics (whose course content and arrangements are identical to the MASt course but is taken by students already enrolled at the University of Cambridge); note that the 2023-24 course guide is currently being updated and will be circulated prior to the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. The courses on offer vary somewhat from year to year so that those available next year may differ slightly from those listed on the Part III Astro-physics pages for the current academic year.

Funding/Completing the Application Form

Details of the costs are available and application is via the Postgraduate Admissions Office's Application Form (Applicant Portal). Applicants wishing to be considered for University Funding should, when completing the University Application Form, tick the 'Apply for funding' box. Research council funding is not available for this course.

There may also be other funding opportunities available, please use the Postgraduate Funding Search to explore other options.

Please note that the application deadline for admission to this course in October 2024 is Tuesday 5th December 2023.

If you have additional queries after reading the online material, email the Admissions Coordinator,  (

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