5 Reasons to Study Astronomy at Leeds University

If you’re looking to study astronomy, then there are a few universities around the UK that you’re going to want to consider. Of course, Oxford and Cambridge are two of the best, but you don’t want to discount other universities automatically. Of course, I’m going to be a little bit biased (as I study here!), but Leeds University is another University that you should consider if you’re living in the UK and you want to study astronomy.

It’s ranked well

Not only does Leeds University have some of the best satisfation scores when it comes down to universities that offer maths and physics programmes, but they rank as one of the top 10 universities for Physics, Maths and Astronomy. So, you can be totally sure that you’re in good hands if you’re attending the university there.

Extra curricular activities

There’s a ton of extra curricular activies that you can do if you’re attending the university and you’re interested in astronomy. You don’t even necessarily need to be interested in astronomy, as a lot of the courses and classes there are targeted at beginners and novices. So, it’s something that you may want to co

The Staff

One of the main reasons that I decided to choose Leeds to study astronomy was my meeting with the course programme leader. He convinced me that it would be a good idea to join the universities, as the teachers there were really passionate about the subject. Boy; was he right!

Many of the staff here are some of the most knowledgeable people that I’ve met, and they definitely know a lot about astronomy. There’s not been a time where I’ve felt like I’ve not been able to ask a question, which is pretty ideal as I’m the type of person that always has a ton of questions!

The students

Maybe I’ve just been lucky in my year, but the vast majority of people that I’ve ended up studying with have been extremely interested in astronomy too. Fortunately, the majority of people that pick astronomy as a subject are majorly interested in it. This means that all of my fellow classmates are passionate about astronomy too, which definitely helps when you’re trying to learn astronomy properly.

The Equipment

Leeds University has a lot of state of the art equipment, which as a student you’ll get access too. Not just within the Science department, but within pretty much every are of the university too (they recently got a new fitness centre that you can use; sweet!).

One of the complusory modules at the university is Stars and Galaxies, which was probably one of my favorite modules. Although I’m kind of a nerd and know all that stuff already, it was really cool to get the chance to go over it – especially with the cool, expensive telescopes they use at the university.


Overall, I’m still extremely happy with my decision to study at the university. It’s been one of the best choices that I’ve made, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it! You can head over and check the course prospectus at their website, which can give you a good idea of the modules that you’ld be studying. But overall, it’s undoubtedly one of the best choice that I’ve made!