Institute of Astronomy

Part III Astrophysics - 2017-18

Natural Sciences Tripos - Programme Specification: Part III Astrophysics

Aims and objectives

The Part III course is designed to develop students' analytical, critical and numerical skills to the point that they are equipped to undertake independent research in astrophysics. These aims are advanced through taught courses, which develop students' mathematical skills through detailed analysis of topics at the forefront of contemporary research and through the hands on experience of a substantial research project. The project work encourages students to develop a critical attitude and an innovative approach to problem solving. The more independent working style is developed under the guidance of a supervisor from the Institute of Astronomy.

Feedback and Consultation Mechanisms

During the first two weeks of Michaelmas Term students will be invited to elect one representative from their Part III Astrophysics cohort to attend Teaching Committee meetings. Normally these meetings are held at 2pm on the fourth Thursday of each Full Term.

Students are invited to complete feedback questionnaires for each lecture course. These are relayed to the lecturer. In addition, at the end of the year, there is a general feedback questionnaire on the course as a whole. This is considered by the Astrophysics Teaching Committee. Students are however urged to get in contact with the Part III Course Coordinator at the earliest opportunity if they encounter problems during the year.

Key Contacts

  Contact Phone Office E-mail
Course Coordinator George Efstathiou 37530 Kavli Rm 15 gpe(at)

Course Secretary

Fatima Rasool 37552 Hoyle Rm 6 ugadmin(at)
Teaching Committee Chair until Easter Term Cathie Clarke 39087 Hoyle Rm 10 cclarke(at)
Director Richard McMahon 37519 Hoyle Rm 49 rgm(at)
Director's PA Alex Moelwyn- Hughes 39071 Hoyle Rm 63 amh(at)
IoA Librarian Mark Hurn 37537 Obs Library Office hurnm(at)
Public Astronomer Carolin Crawford 37510 Hoyle Rm 60 csc(at)

Students should immediately notify the Course Coordinator if they encounter problems and for general guidance. Day to day queries may be handled by the Course Secretary.

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