Master in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Program Description

Master in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

If you’re looking to focus your future career in the field of Astrophysics, Cosmology, or High Energy Physics, and gain experience within research, completing your graduate program at the IFAE-ICE-UAB can imply a significantly positive change.

Our professional research oriented program is taught by highly recognized scientists in their respective fields. In addition to a direct and personalized education experience, students have the possibility of interacting with local as well as foreign professors, who can provide links to international universities and research centers for future professional positions.

The program’s main goal is to provide students with the essential tools for them to become outstanding research scientists in their field of choice. If you’re interested in pursuing a research career, you are encouraged to start with a Masters program (and eventually in a PhD) and therefore, this degree does provide the education needed for you to gain experience in high-energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology, initiate research collaborations with scientists all over the world and, essentially, learn how to do independent research.

Since the masters program is addressed to an international audience, the classes are taught completely in English. Therefore, take a look at the academic program, the professors that comprise the teaching staff and the possible scholarships that suit you the most and apply to our program.

The IFAE-ICE-UAB represents the starting line of your future. Come and experience the world of research.

Teaching timetable

Onsite classes for UAB official master's degrees usually take place in the afternoons, from 15.00 onwards, Monday to Friday. Depending on the semester, there may be classes every day or only some days of the week.

Master description

The master's degree is structured in modules of 6 or 9 ECTS credits each, it comprises 60 credits, and is divided into two specialisations: High Energy Physics, and Astrophysics and Cosmology.


Access to this master's degree is open to holders of an official bachelor's degree from a Spanish university or from another higher education institution within or outside the European Higher Education Area, provided this gives access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are as follows:

  • a degree in Physics or Astronomy, or alternatively in Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, or other related science subjects;

  • level B2 in English. If this cannot be shown through an official certificate, the candidate's level will be assessed jointly by the Master's Commission during the selection stage.

Selection criteria

Should the number of applicants be higher than that of places on offer, these will be allocated according to the following criteria.

Academic transcript. (60%)

  • curriculum vitae, containing, together with other information: a) the level of English attained, and

b) complementary studies in other subject areas related to this master's degree. (30%)

A written account of the candidate's interests, motives and objectives. This will give the master's committee a clearer idea of how well the candidate's interests and objectives fit in with those of the master's degree and, in general, of the candidate's suitability.(10%)

Complementary training

Students from studies other than Physics and Astronomy, students from the European Higher Education Area with an 180-ECTS bachelor’s degree, independently of the subject, and students from outside the European Higher Education Area whose previous education has not provided them with the minimum knowledge necessary, may need to take and pass certain bridging courses.

The master’s committee will examine students’ previous studies and will decide whether or not bridging courses are necessary.

Bridging courses count for a maximum of 22 ECTS distributed among the following subjects belonging to the different bachelor’s degrees taught at the UAB’s Faculty of Sciences:

  • Quantum Mechanics: 6 ECTS credits
  • Introduction to Astrophysics: 5 ECTS credits
  • Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics: 5 ECTS credits
  • General Relativity and Cosmology: 6 ECTS credits
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 30, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
66 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Spain Barcelona
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 66 EUR
per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).