Astrophysics

Astrophysics Research Institute

One of the world's leading authorities in astronomy and astrophysics

Why study astrophysics at LJMU?

A degree in astrophysics from Liverpool John Moores University is highly recommended by your peers. Student satisfaction rates in this area are at an impressive 100% (Masters) and 98% (Undergraduate).

Students benefit from unique learning opportunities:

  • We offer a joint degree programme (in both BSc and MPhys) alongside the University of Liverpool, giving students access to the expertise and facilities across two universities
  • A field trip to the Canary Islands to operate a number of professional telescopes, including remote use of the Liverpool Telescope
  • We offer distance learning courses in astronomy

Find out what courses you can take and what career options are available to you.

The Astrophysics Research Institute inspires and stimulates people of all ages in science and technology through its world-leading research into the laws of the cosmos, innovative teaching programmes and extensive engagement activities with schools and the wider public.


The future is what you make it

Watch the video to give you a taste of what we do in the Astrophysics Research Institute.

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Inspiring children into science

Our outreach projects are hugely popular, especially with schoolchildren.

National Schools’ Observatory – has been a big success with 2,500 schools, 15,000 pupils, across the UK and Ireland making 100,000 astronomical observations per year. Using the online tool children can explore the heavens from their own classroom by remotely accessing the world’s largest fully-robotic telescope, known as the Liverpool Telescope. The programme helps schools to overcome some of the barriers to engaging children in science, technology and mathematics lessons and its success has been recognised by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee as “so important to inspiring the next generation of scientists”.

Spaceport – is an interactive educational centre which attracts 70,000 visitors per year. A joint venture with Merseytravel, the attraction is a popular destination for educational trips for schools across North West England and North Wales. Spaceport has provided economic stimulus to the region which equates to £1.4 million per year. The Astrophysics Research Institute was involved in all stages of the design process for the exhibits and interactive displays and continue to advise on content.

Our research

Over the past five years, the Institute has published almost 700 papers attracting 14,000 citations.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) (the system that assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions) the Astrophysics Research Institute was rated first for research among the UK Alliance Universities, a group of universities that drive innovation and enterprise growth through research and teaching.

We are providing world-leading research using data gathered from observing facilities across the globe and predictions from supercomputer simulations. We own and operate the world’s largest fully robotic telescope – the Liverpool Telescope, sited on La Palma in the Canary Islands.

We have been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for astronomical excellence and public engagement in science. We've also been awarded Research Project of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2016 for our work on the EAGLE Project.

Our expertise

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Star formation and stellar populations
  • Time domain astrophysics
  • Astronomical instrumentation

Find out more about our research

You can also visit the Astrophysics Research Institute's website.

100%

student satisfaction rate for our Masters programmes

85%

of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

98%

student satisfaction rate for our Undergraduate programmes

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