Institute of Astronomy

Part III Astrophysics

Incoming 2023-24 students, please note, the following information is for reference only. We are currently in the process of updating our website and course guides and will be in touch with futher information via email over the summer.

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.

How to Apply

Those taking Part II Mathematics or Part II Physics who are interested in taking Part III Astrophysics in their 4th year should contact the Institute of Astronomy as early as possible (preferably no later than the end of the previous Easter term) to ascertain the likelihood of places being available. This is subject to obtaining a II.1 in Part II. In either case, please email

More information on expected course prerequisites for Part II and Part III Astrophysics, can be found here.

Any requests for further information should be directed to the Course Coordinator, Mahsa Zohhadi -

Key Contacts

  Contact Phone Office E-mail
Course Coordinator Vasily Belokurov 37515 Hoyle Rm 20

Course Administrator

Mahsa Zohhadi 37552 Hoyle Rm 6 
Teaching Committee Chair

Cathie Clarke


Hoyle Rm 47

Cathie Clarke

Mark Wyatt



Hoyle Rm 47

Hoyle Rm 49

Directors' PA Susan Hatley 37521 Hoyle Rm 48
IoA Librarian Mark Hurn 37537 Obs Library Office
Public Astronomer

Matt Bothwell


Hoyle H59

If you are unsure how to proceed with the course selection, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Student_maps-2022.pdf1.09 MB
2022-23 Pt III MASt Course Guide.pdf738.47 KB
2022-23 Pt III_MASt Recommended Course List.pdf287.49 KB
2023-24 Research Project Booklet.pdf9.39 MB
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