M.Sc. AstroMundus

University of Göttingen

Program Description

M.Sc. AstroMundus

University of Göttingen

AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree course (120 ECTS) in Astronomy and Astrophysics offered by a Consortium of 5 partner Universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of 4 associated research institutions.

The course is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Its main objective is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between non-Euroepan and European students and academics.

AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of the above countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.

The official language of the course is English, but students are given the possibility to learn the languages of the host countries by attending language courses at the partner universities. In Göttingen you have a chance to learn or improve your German free of charge.

Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies. In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries.

At the end of each 2-years cycle of the Master Programme the best Master thesis of the cycle will be awarded a prize.

Main topics

AstroMundus offers an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics, as insured by the wide variety of expertise in the field covered by this international partnership. The main topics covered by the Master programme are:

  • Galactic Astrophysics (the Sun and the Solar system, the Milky Way, stellar astrophysics and evolution, the interstellar medium)
  • Solar Physics and Space Weather
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics (galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, intra-cluster medium, star formation)
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (including accretion theory, relativistic jets, modelling)
  • Cosmology (including observational cosmology, galaxy surveys, gravitational lensing, very early universe)
  • Particle Cosmology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Gravitational waves
  • Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space
  • Computational astrophysics (N-body simulations, magneto-hydrodynamic simulations)

Course Content

AstroMundus is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Astronomy and Astrophysics. This Course is based on the expertise of the Universities of Innsbruck, Padova, Roma, and Göttingen, and the University of Belgrade as a Third Country partner. The Master is closely related with institutions such as: Asiago Observatory, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica-Osservatorio Roma, Belgrade Astronomical Observatory.

Objectives

The main objectives of the Master are initiation in scientific research and applied training in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Emphasis is put on the application of modern techniques both in the observational and theoretical/computational domain. The various specialities of the partner institutions result in an increased offer of pathways for the students: Theoretical Astrophysics, Models, Simulations and Computation, as well as Observational Astrophysics based on data from the ground and from space and on the exploitation of modern data archives.

Organization of the Masters Course

The programme lasts for two years. The AstroMundus consortium adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students will earn a minimum of 120 ECTS during their master studies. During the first semester the students attend courses at the entrance university (University of Innsbruck). The second semester is spent at a second University of choice among the 2 Italian partner Universities (Padova and Rome). The third semester is spent in one of the three partner institutions at Rome, Göttingen, or Belgrade depending on the astrophysical branches which the students will select to specialise on (but see important note below!). Finally the fourth semester is mainly devoted to the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) that can be accomplished in any of the partner institutions, with the possibility of joint supervision by a member of another of the partner universities.

Students are given the possibility to attend additional advanced courses/seminars during the 4th semester, especially on topics related to their thesis work. The first semester is focused on basic learning in Astronomy and Astrophysics, while the subsequent ones offer to the students the possibility to specialise in different branches. The organization in semesters is summarised in the table below. The detailed lists of courses offered at the various universities in the relevant semesters are available in the section Curricula.

Important note: Although the students can choose their mobility path through the consortium universities from the second semester onward, in order to ensure an excellent quality of the course a maximum fraction of students per site is allowed. Therefore, at mid-course of each semester students will be asked to give their preference(s) for the subsequent semester. The Selection Committee may re-direct some students to sites different from their chosen ones when the maximum capacity of one or more sites is reached. Maximum capacities are indicated in the table below in terms of maximum fraction of students per site.

Language and admission policies

Courses will be taught in English. Intensive tutoring of Master students will be assured during the whole course of their Master studies. Also, English will be the language of choice for tutoring and examinations. However, students will have access to language courses within each of the partner Universities. About forty students will be involved in the programme for each cycle of Master. Admission criteria include a Bachelor’s degree in physical or mathematical sciences or an equivalent degree (180 ECTS) and depends mainly on academic qualifications. Admitted students will be required to sign a Student Agreement.

Final degree

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the programme will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by the Consortium universities where they accomplished the various parts of their Master studies. In addition they will receive a Diploma Supplement.

Requirements for AstroMundus

Eligibility

The "Astrophysics" Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme is open to students of all nationalities that fulfill these minimum requirements:

Hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics (or a recognized Degree that certifies an equivalent amount of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of previous studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) or expect to obtain it latest by August of the starting year of the Masters Course (i.e. by August 2016 for the course starting in October 2016);

Have a good and certified knowledge of the English language (the certification is not necessary for native speakers). Check the list of accepted tests and scores on the AstroMundus webpage. All students that come from a country of the European Union or an EEA-EFTA State (Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein), students coming from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, or students that either are residents or have carried out their main activity (study, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years (as of Nov 30th, 2015) in one of these countries can apply for a scholarship in the category "Programme Country" students (i.e. "European students"/Category B).

All other students, including students coming from Switzerland and Western Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244-99, Montenegro, and Serbia) can apply for a scholarship in the category "Partner Country" students (i.e. "Third Country students"/Category A).

Students who fulfill the requirements of both categories (e.g. students with a double nationality) must select one of the two categories!

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 23, 2016
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Oct. 2016
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2 years
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4,500 EUR
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