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AS4010   Extragalactic Astronomy

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon Mon, Tue, Thu (TBC)

This module introduces the basic elements of extragalactic astronomy. This includes the morphological, structural and spectral properties of elliptical, spiral, quiescent and star-forming galaxies. We study how galaxy populations change from the distant galaxies in the early Universe into those observed in our local neighbourhood, including the coincident growth of super massive black holes at the centres of massive galaxies. Galaxy formation theory is introduced in relation to the growth of structure in a cold-dark matter Universe, and galaxy evolution in regions of high and low density is investigated. The module includes a look at modern instrumentation used in extragalactic astrophysics. Specialist lecturers from within the galaxy evolution research group will provide a direct link between material learnt in lectures and research currently being undertaken at the University of St Andrews.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass AS2001 or pass AS2101 ) and pass PH2011 and pass PH2012 and pass MT2501 and pass MT2503

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS3011 or take AS4022

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures occasionally replaced by tutorials

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework (10% Class Test, 10% Computer Based Assignment) = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 90%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 10%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: TBC

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.