Major Project: Computational Astrophysics

AST80011 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.

2022 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

29 Aug 22 - 27 Nov 22

23 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
11 Sep 22

19 Sep 22

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Oct 22

Aims and objectives

This Unit aims to develop the student's understanding of specific astrophysical concepts with the aid of computer simulations, and to gain practical experience in the use of numerical modelling and data analysis. The student will produce a comprehensive record of their investigations, and communicate effectively about the outcomes of their work.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the use of computer simulations in modern astrophysics
2. Appraise the suitability of existing simulator code to address a chosen research problem, identifying limitations and trade-offs inherent in the numerical implementation
3. Develop and identify a scientific justification which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
4. Synthesise a research approach and execute this independently
5. Design and create a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of a scientific investigation, including the techniques used and key conclusions, in a written and visual format suited to modern scientific journals

Courses with unit

Master of Science (Astronomy)