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Does anyone know of anyone who is studying or working on astrochemistry in the UK? If so what did they study at university to get there?
Would be lots and lots of help, I’m interested in chemistry of space so if anyone has any degree recommendations or studies/ knows anyone who studies anything similar please let me know.
Thank you.
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No specific 'Astrochemistry' degree (its too specialised/narrow for an Undergrad degree, and is studied at postgrad level instead) - look as Cosmology, Space Science, Astrophys etc. Example - Kent - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/under...trophysics-bsc
Or Astrophys and Chem at Keele - https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...sandchemistry/
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No specific 'Astrochemistry' degree (its too specialised/narrow for an Undergrad degree, and is studied at postgrad level instead) - look as Cosmology, Space Science, Astrophys etc. Example - Kent - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/under...trophysics-bsc
Or Astrophys and Chem at Keele - https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...sandchemistry/
Thanks but I didn’t take physics a level so I can’t do any of these courses anything else?
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Does anyone know of anyone who is studying or working on astrochemistry in the UK? If so what did they study at university to get there?
Would be lots and lots of help, I’m interested in chemistry of space so if anyone has any degree recommendations or studies/ knows anyone who studies anything similar please let me know.
Thank you.
How about a Chemical Physics degree? Then you can specialise more at PG.
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How about a Chemical Physics degree? Then you can specialise more at PG.
didn’t do physics a level lol
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didn’t do physics a level lol
I was also going to say you could study Natura Sciences. That way you could tailor your modules to include the biology and chemistry ones you want to study, along with Astro modules. I would have said a strong background in Physics would have been beneficial as you'd probably need to study planetary science and astrobiology to have a thorough foundation. If you can get on a foundation year course, you can get these extra skills, but a Natural Sciences degree sounds like it would give you the best chance at studying a degree to focus on your career aspirations.

I've copied and pasted the next bit, but this is why you would need a solid Physics background. Of course, you don't need the extent of a full Physics degree, but Natural Sciences would give you just about enough along with your other modules to give you the variety of what you'll need:

"Astrochemists use radio telescopes to detect the electromagnetic radiation that’s given off by objects in space. By detecting infrared, ultraviolet, gamma, and radio waves, you can establish what substances are in space and in what quantities, which—combined with information from Astronauts, Astrophysicists, and even Meteorologists begin to tell the story of how the universe was made. They use theoretical models as well as computer visualizations to help them explain their observations in terms of known physical and chemical principles. In this way they study the origins of extraterrestrial bodies and the chemical processes that have shaped their present forms."

Here's the full article:

http://www.space-awareness.org/en/ca...-astrochemist/

And a few videos from an actual Astrochemist on the journey:

http://www.space-awareness.org/en/ca...r-anita-dawes/

You could of course look for universities that offer dual honours in Astronomy and Chemistry. I know Glasgow, where I'm doing, offer that. Also, I see Keele University offer Astrophysics and Chemistry.
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I was also going to say you could study Natura Sciences. That way you could tailor your modules to include the biology and chemistry ones you want to study, along with Astro modules. I would have said a strong background in Physics would have been beneficial as you'd probably need to study planetary science and astrobiology to have a thorough foundation. If you can get on a foundation year course, you can get these extra skills, but a Natural Sciences degree sounds like it would give you the best chance at studying a degree to focus on your career aspirations.

I've copied and pasted the next bit, but this is why you would need a solid Physics background. Of course, you don't need the extent of a full Physics degree, but Natural Sciences would give you just about enough along with your other modules to give you the variety of what you'll need:

"Astrochemists use radio telescopes to detect the electromagnetic radiation that’s given off by objects in space. By detecting infrared, ultraviolet, gamma, and radio waves, you can establish what substances are in space and in what quantities, which—combined with information from Astronauts, Astrophysicists, and even Meteorologists begin to tell the story of how the universe was made. They use theoretical models as well as computer visualizations to help them explain their observations in terms of known physical and chemical principles. In this way they study the origins of extraterrestrial bodies and the chemical processes that have shaped their present forms."

Here's the full article:

http://www.space-awareness.org/en/ca...-astrochemist/

And a few videos from an actual Astrochemist on the journey:

http://www.space-awareness.org/en/ca...r-anita-dawes/

You could of course look for universities that offer dual honours in Astronomy and Chemistry. I know Glasgow, where I'm doing, offer that. Also, I see Keele University offer Astrophysics and Chemistry.
Thank you!! This is so helpful!! I’ll definitely look into it more
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