Physics Department

Certificate of Astronomy for Development

Key Features

Code                               PXC207

Modules                        1

Duration                       4 months

Registration                 Opening October 2023

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           10

Tuition Fees                 $748    

The “Certificate of Astronomy for Development” course is a comprehensive curriculum designed for individuals interested in exploring the depths of the universe and the principles that govern it. It provides an extensive background in astronomy and astrophysics with a unique lens towards practical applications such as astrotourism and other space-related enterprises.

Throughout this course, students will journey from understanding the fundamental principles of our universe to delving into complex concepts of light propagation, the evolution of celestial bodies, and the mysteries of dark matter and energy. With an emphasis on the scientific methodology, real-world applications, and the intricate beauty of the cosmos, this course serves as a strong foundation for anyone aiming to leverage astronomical knowledge for societal, economical, or business development.


  • Impart a solid understanding of the basic principles, concepts, and terminology used in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Develop an appreciation for the immense range of distances in the universe, teaching students methods of measuring these distances and navigating the sky.
  • Deepen the understanding of light propagation and the electromagnetic spectrum at various frequencies and energies.
  • Cultivate an appreciation for the extensive variety of sizes and types of cosmic objects, fostering a sense of wonder and respect for the complexities of the universe.
  • Detail the properties of planets and the structure and evolution of stars, providing insights into the life cycle of celestial bodies.
  • Introduce the basic cosmological principles and constants, empowering students to speculate about the past and future of our universe.
  • Equip students with the ability to manipulate scientific notation and basic formulas, enabling them to calculate physical quantities and values pertinent to astrophysics.

      Learning Outcomes
      1. Understand the concepts, basic principles and terminology used in astronomy.
      2.  Grasp the huge range of distances in the Universe and basic methods of measuring distances and navigating the sky.
      3. Understand the basic principles governing the propagation of light and the concept of the electromagnetic spectrum at multiple  frequencies/energies.
      4. Appreciate the wide variety of sizes and of objects in the cosmos.
      5. Understand the properties of planets and the structure and evolution of stars.
      6. Understand the basic cosmological principles and constants and how we can guess the past of our Universe and predict its future.
      7. Be able to manipulate scientific notation and basic formulas, calculate physical quantities and values relevant for Astrophysics.

        Video Lectures
        1. Universe; An overview
        2. Gravitational and Planetary motion
        3. Nature of Light and Matter
        4. Optics, Telescopes and Detectors
        5. Our Solar system
        6. Birth to Death
        7. Stars and Stellar systems
        8. Stellar exteme phenomena, Neutron stars/Black holes
        9. Galaxies Structure
        10. Extreme galatic phenomena, Super massive black holes, Galactic interactions
        11. Galaxy clusters and Large scale structure
        12. Cosmological Primordial, Formation of matter, Dark matter
        13. Cosmology, Early universe, Dark energy, Exotic particles
        Project Report
        3,000 words


        Entry Requirements

        High School diploma, A-levels, GCSE, Foundation Year (or relevant) in Physics and Mathematics.

        English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component. We will consider applicants without an English certificate but who have relevant working experience or completed a course taught in English.

        Basic Information Technology skills.

        Efficient way of study 

        Every video-lecture is supported by
        a text-book which consists of the
        speech-text and the Power Point Presentation

        Explore the Universe

        Study from any place Worldwide

        No limits in education

        Straightforward way of teaching

        James Webb Space Telescope

        The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope designed primarily to conduct infrared astronomy. This is expected to enable observations of the first stars and the formation of the first galaxies, and detailed atmospheric characterization of potentially habitable exoplanets.

        Prof. Eleni Chatzichristou

        Course Organizer

        Doctor of Astrophysics, researcher, academic. Previous positions include: Manager of the Laboratory of Excellence UnivEarthS at the Université Paris-Diderot (France); Dean of Academic Affairs for City Unity College of Athens and Academic Director of their Campus in Rhodes (Greece):  Research Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (USA), Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics Yale University (USA), Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Observatory of Athens (Greece). She is a visiting Professor to the MBA in Maritime and Shipping Management of Uninettuno University.

        Way of study

        Watch Videolectures



        Assignment & Project


        Final viva (live video)


        Get your Degree awarded


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