Astronomy courses at the Royal Observatory

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Discover our range of astronomy courses today.

Our different UK astronomy courses are suitable for a range of individuals and experience. They include short 'astronomy for beginners' courses, one year courses for those keen to pursue their studies in more detail, to further learning in astrophysics and other key fields.

There is also the option to take a GCSE in astronomy, giving adults a firm grounding in the study of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the wider Universe.

Students get to study in a unique environment supported by a range of equally unique resources, including expert tutors, a state of the art digital planetarium and the country’s largest lensed telescope.

Due to social distancing, in 2020 the programme will begin with a range of online astronomy courses. However, this will be constantly reviewed, and we hope to be able to invite you to study at the Royal Observatory again soon.

Interested in learning more at the Royal Observatory? 

In addition to our astronomy courses, check out our range of lectures and talks we have throughout the year on our Lectures at the Royal Observatory 2020 page. 

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This comprehensive course at Royal Observatory Greenwich provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the...
Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm
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Talks & Courses
Explore topics at the cutting edge of scientific research and the limits of human knowledge.
Tuesdays, 7–9pm | See details below
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Earth-like exoplanets?

Talks & Courses
An introductory adult course on the topic of astrobiology and life in the Universe.
Tuesdays | 7-9pm
Find your way

The Royal Observatory is a quick and easy journey from central London, by DLR, rail or boat