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Andrew's story

Graduating with a BSc in Natural Sciences from the Open University, Andrew Hanson decided to study for a Masters in Astrophysics, fitting his education around his senior management job in the health service and his family life.

This unique programme for distance learning students plugged a much-needed gap for those wanting to go on to postgraduate study.

For distance learning programmes there isn’t a lot of direct interaction with other students and staff but the team has been good at trying to bridge this and I have had support from the tutors and teams delivering each module.

The modules themselves have been very well delivered and supported with examples and further reading from current research. I particularly enjoyed the novae and supernovae portions of the time-domain module which were incredibly in-depth.