United Kingdom, London

The Universe

when 22 July 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1650

This course provides a broad overview of astronomy to give you an understanding of the evolution of the universe and its constituents. A particular theme is the role played by the known laws of physics in understanding astronomical observation. You will learn about the constituents of the observed universe; appreciate (and be able to explain) the important part played by the laws of physics in designing experiments and making observations – and interpret and understand them. You will also be able to explain the different types of information obtainable from observations across the entire electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves.

You will discover the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during your visit to the historic Royal Observatory in Greenwich (founded in the 1670s by King Charles II), and you will be able to stand astride the Prime Meridian, where zero degrees longitude is marked. You will also be able to carry out real astronomical observations using the optical telescopes in-house at the QMUL observatory.

Reading list
Kaufmann, WJ & Freedman, RA, Universe, WH Freeman, (6th edition, 2001) ISBN 0-7167-4647-6
Chaisson, E & McMillan, S, Astronomy Today, Prentice Hall, (2001) ISBN 0-13-091542-4

Course leader

Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou

Target group

Undergraduate Students

Course aim

This course aims:

- to acquaint you with a wide-ranging view of the universe from the solar system to stars, the Galaxy, its constituents and to the universe beyond our Galaxy

- to inform you of the role played by the known laws of physics in our understanding of the observed universe

- to train you to use astronomical information sources, especially those on the web providing services to both the astronomer and the layman

- to provide the opportunity for you to gain experience of writing and talking about astronomy at a level either appropriate to a scientist or a layman.

Credits info

7.5 EC
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.
Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.

Fee info

GBP 1650: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2019.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £500 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
GBP 50: There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.


There are no scholarships available for this course