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Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science) (Honours), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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In the Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science) (Honours) programme from The Open University UK you'll develop the knowledge and skills you need to study outer space. Employers include central and local government, the NHS, the water industry, food and drink companies, media and communications, the horticultural industry, multinational oil companies, the pharmaceutical industry.
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Overview

Thanks to the Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science) (Honours) programme from The Open University UK you'll be able to objectively and quantitatively describe, analyse, test and explain phenomena in the Universe, using appropriate quantitative tools and observational methods.

Key features of the course

  • Includes planning and conducting astronomical observations by controlling our robotic optical telescopes at the Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife)
  • Covers topics like our solar system, planets orbiting other stars, the life cycle of stars, extreme conditions near black holes, and the evolutionary history of the Universe
  • Develops your understanding of physics concepts and processes that underpin a wide range of phenomena in the Universe
  • Develops mathematical, analytical, investigative, practical, communication and team working skills

Skills for career development

By the time you achieve your qualification, you’ll be an adaptable graduate with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued in the labour market – such as analytical, numerical and communication skills, teamworking, problem solving and proficiency in using computers. You’ll also have a good understanding of where your strengths and interests lie, and be well prepared for your next step – whether it’s further study or employment.

Employers also look for evidence of experience of the workplace to support the skills gained through the degree. To succeed, graduates will need to be flexible and multi-skilled, with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

Career relevance

Science graduates are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to a wide range of financial, business and public sector employment, so science graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are in demand in roles such as:

  • research and investigation
  • product design and development
  • analysis and diagnostics
  • science information management
  • science communication
  • scientific sales
  • exploration and extraction of natural resources
  • health and healthcare related professions
  • waste management, recycling and sustainability
  • environmental management, protection and conservation
  • teaching (science is a shortage subject at secondary school level, so there may be incentives to train as a physics, chemistry or maths teacher).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Questions in science 
  • Essential mathematics 
  • Introducing statistics 
  • Physics and space 
  • Technologies in practice 
  • Astronomy 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, to get the best from it you’ll need some knowledge of science concepts and mathematical skills, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

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