Galaxies and the Cosmos (F3305)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll get an overview of the properties of galaxies, their spatial distribution (large-scale structure) and the nature of the Universe as a whole (cosmology). This includes:

  • galaxies: morphology and spatial distribution, and formation and evolution
  • cosmology: observational evidence, the Big Bang and inflation, Friedmann equations and dark energy.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: