London, United Kingdom

Astrophysics and Cosmology

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Astrophysics and Cosmology provide the most fascinating and far reaching endeavours of human intellect. As the title suggest this intensive course is to provide a sound introduction to the main concepts and body of evidence that underlie our current understanding of the origin, structure and evolution of the Universe. The course in its scope, aims to offer exposure to the fundamental principles of special and general relativity and their significance to the evolution of the Cosmos. Topics such as stellar interiors, classification and evolution along with galaxy dynamics will be discussed in some detail. The course will culminate with descriptions of current cosmological models and touch up on recent developments of the much discussed dark matter and dark energy mysteries and what they entail to the evolution of the Universe.

Course leader

Dr Ioannis Koutsonas formative education is in Physics with Astrophysics (B.Sc. Hons - University of Birmingham) and in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces (M.Sc - Imperial College London). He conducted research in Nanotechnology and Micro-devices at th

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

In the rapid scientific revolutions that we experienced in the 20th century (and in our century) the most ground breaking were in the fields of Physics and its various branches such as Astrophysics and Cosmology. Hence no university graduate who consider themselves educated should live life in dark about this seminal body of knowledge. This module aims to introduce students of various backgrounds to some of the key aspects of modern astrophysics and cosmology. Students will develop critical thinking and mathematical skills in conjunction to being able to understand some of the physical processes that underlie the formation of stars and galaxies and the evolution of the Universe as a whole. Hence the course can provide a bridge to either undertake further studies in the field of Astrophysics or be able to connect and understand scientific developments as they appear in modern books, articles and documentaries.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.