Cosmology and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe

AST80003 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 150 contact hours - Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

27 Jun 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

20 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23



Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to provide an introduction to cosmology, including the physics of the early Universe, dark matter and dark energy, and the evolution of the observed large-scale structure.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Appraise and state a conceptual knowledge of space-time and how it has evolved, its observational and theoretical basis
2. Explain and summarise basic cosmology concepts such as the big bang model and cosmic inflation, dark matter and dark energy, with the ability to discuss them in a non- technical way
3. Distinguish and summarise the major unresolved questions in cosmology
4. Appraise and explain the tools with which we probe the large-scale structure of the universe, including large galaxy surveys and supercomputer simulations in a non- technical way understandable to the wider public
5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in cosmology
6. Design and create a research project on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information, data and research articles


Courses with unit

Master of Science (Astronomy)