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Stackable Microcredentials

Course type:

Assessed Module

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11 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 13 January 2025 To: 28 March 2025
Application deadline: 02 December 2024

Course overview

A list of possible topics is as follows:

  • Robertson Walker Metric and FRW equations
  • Redshifting of matter, radiation, cosmological constant, etc.
  • Standard candles, angular distance
  • Need for dark matter and dark energy
  • Thermal history, degrees of freedom, entropy
  • Last scattering surface/recombination
  • Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
  • Baryon asymmetry
  • Horizon Problem
  • Inflation
  • General Relativity treatment of perturbations applied to CMB temperature power spectrum (TT).

What does this course cover?

This module aims to:

  • Provide an overview of cosmology in the context of early universe
  • Provide you with an understanding of the observational and theoretical tools that are available to probe and describe the early universe
  • Enable you to evaluate and compare strengths and weaknesses of contemporary models of the large-scale structure of the universe.

What will I achieve?

By the end of this module, you will have achieved the following:

  • A deep and systematic understanding of knowledge in cosmological principles in the early universe and the ability to work with theoretical knowledge like Einstein's field equations
  • A comprehensive understanding of Newtonian theory, General Relativity and other specialised methodologies
  • A critical awareness to enable you to undertake analysis of complex areas of knowledge, communicating the outcome effectively
  • A level of conceptual understanding that will allow you to critically evaluate research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches.

Who is this for?

​​T​he standard entry requirements comprise:

  • A 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in Physics, or a closely related subject
  • A CV and personal statement outlining your reasons for study
  • English language band D (for example, IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
  • Plus, you should have introductory astronomy and general relativity knowledge.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via an examination. 

What is the teaching schedule?

This is an on-campus module. Lectures will be held on a single day of the week, each week, during term time. You will be expected to be on-campus for these. Exact dates and times will be confirmed upon enrolment.

Further information

This module is offered as part of our flexible master’s awards in Professional Development. The awards are one of the most flexible currently offered in the UK, providing the opportunity to study a range of modules from across King’s, both on-campus and online. Whether you are looking for a promotion or to retrain, you have come to the right place.

Designed for mature professionals juggling life and work commitments, our postgraduate awards will enable you to study at your own pace. In challenging financial times, you are also able to fund your studies module-by-module. We will support you to select the right module diet that meets your objectives while ensuring that you are well prepared for success. We will also help you to build your professional network of peers from across our suite of CPD modules.

We can’t wait for you to continue your lifelong learning journey here at King’s.

Course status:

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Full fee £1039

International students £2937

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