How to become an astronomer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You'll need a degree and postgraduate qualification to work as an astronomer. Your degree will usually need to be a first or upper second-class.
Relevant subjects include:
- space science
You can also do an extended 4-year degree to get a postgraduate qualification like a master of physics. These courses include more independent research and can lead directly onto a PhD.
Many employers will expect you to have completed, or be working towards, a PhD in your specialist area of interest.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study