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Life in the Cosmos

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 5
Module lead
Beike Hiemstra
Academic year

Module overview

Are we really alone in the Universe? That's a question that has been asked across the centuries and is always evolving.

The course will discuss all the environmental circumstances that seem to encourage the start of any life form and investigate the current state of our knowledge of life outside of the earth.

To investigate this exciting possibility you will first look at your own world and how life evolved; drawing on areas of biology, chemistry, geology and palaeontology. Once you have understood what is required to support life, we can begin looking at other planets, such as Mars, to search for evidence of places that could or have sustained life.

The course is designed for students who do not have an A-level in physics or maths.