University of Göttingen

Introduction

Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of high international standing. The university is renowned not only for its diverse range of subjects, but also for its research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, taught and pursued their research.

The University of Göttingen is also distinguished by being closely integrated into a network of first-class non-university research establishments involving, most prominently, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Primate Center, the German Aerospace Center and five Max Planck Institutes. Together, these local partners create with the University an alliance for collaboration in research and teaching arguably unique in Germany in terms of its depth and breadth.

The University has a sound international reputation and was ranked number 2 in Germany, number 16 in Europe and number 67in the world in 2014 by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. The University of Göttingen currently hosts nearly 28,000 students, 11 percent of whom are from abroad. We offer over 50 English-taught degree programmes (Bachelor, Master, PhD) in almost every field. According to the International Student Barometer 2011, an international student survey service, almost 90 percent of the international students, who participated in the survey, would encourage people to apply to the University of Göttingen.

Student life Göttingen, with a population of approx. 130,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses on the one hand, and the University of Göttingen with its almost 28,000 students on the other hand create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere. Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and Europe, Göttingen has excellent travel connections, e.g. Berlin, Hamburg or Frankfurt are only a two-hour train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take a break, because Göttingen itself offers many possibilities for recreational activities.

Services for international students

Students are offered far-reaching advice and support in all phases of their studies. The International Office provides a pick-up service from Göttingen railway station to the city and an orientation week for new international students with valuable information about the city and the university.

Administrative Support

The International Office supports international students in administrative affairs, e.g. enrolment in the university and the foreigners' registration office, in finding suitable health insurance and in financial matters; it also mediates between students and other institutions.

Accommodation

The International Office, in collaboration with the "Studentenwerk", helps students seeking for an accommodation. Many international students live in student dorms. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and for families with children. InDiGU is a cultural integration programme that helps international students to get in contact with German students.

You are welcome to join intercultural trainings and workshops alongside German students to increase your intercultural skills. InDiGu also offers possibilities for a partnership with German students; you will help each other to improve your language and academic writing skills or prepare for exams. Further, you can advance your internship and career chances participating in the Career Tandem programme. Partly students also receive ECTS credits for their activities with InDiGU.

Participating in the programme offered by the Foyer International is another possibility to get in contact with German or international students. Foyer International offers a variety of workshops including language, theatre play and writing. Furthermore, every term three trips to German major cities and historical or natural sights are offered to international students. Every semester, foreign students can participate in a number of trips to German cities of political, cultural and historical interest as well as to other general touristic attractions. German students are also welcome to take part in the excursions.

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Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

Computer science is the science of systematic and automated processing of information. It deals with the structures, characteristics and possibilities... [+]

Master in Computer Science (M.Sc.)

 

Computer science is the science of systematic and automated processing of information. It deals with the structures, characteristics and possibilities to describe information and information processing as well as the setup, working method and construction principles of computer systems. General procedural methods of information processing and general methods of their application are researched. The programme contents include the development of modern experimental and product oriented information processing systems. Computer science can be divided into the areas of theoretical computer science, practical computer science, technical computer science as well as applied computer science.Students will deal with the possibilities of structuring, formalisation and mathematization of application areas in the form of special models and simulations. They will acquire knowledge in engineering development of software systems for different areas of application with special consideration of high adaptability and the man-computer interaction of such systems.The programme aims to convey extensive knowledge in the subject of computer science in theory and practice as well as with reference to an application subject. This comprises methods to solve application problems and their realization in an appropriate computer form.In Göttingen, particular importance is placed on the close connection with the application subject. In addition, the practical orientation can be further developed through project work and external internships. These internships are undertaken in an industrial company or a research institute.Those selecting computer science as their subject of study should be interested in a mathematically formal as well as an application-oriented practical way of working. The capability of working in a team is an important requirement for later daily work. Knowledge of the English language is required. Specialised knowledge, especially in programming, is not required.... [-]


Master in Crop Protection

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The study programme is research and practice oriented, international and multidisciplinary. It opens career chances in agricultural sciences and institutions... [+]

Master in Crop Protection (M.Sc.)Get the basis for an international career in agricultural sciences: The international Master Programme Crop Protection addresses the for mankind vital issues of crop health within sustainable crop production systems. The study programme is research and practice oriented, international and multidisciplinary. It opens career chances in agricultural sciences and institutions, and in the agro-industries. An internship in a private company or research institution offers the opportunity to link academic training with experience in interdisciplinary team work in a professional environment.The interdisciplinary course of study "Crop Protection " is held in the English language. It unifies the subject areas that deal with the cause, development and spread of damage to crops, the development and application of efficient preventative and curative measures to fight damage as well as their effects on environment and society.... [-]


Master in Development Economics

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The English-language Master of Arts in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Economic Sciences) and the... [+]

Master in Development Economics (M.A.)

 

What do we “develop” in our MA in Development Economics? If “software” is the answer you were looking for, the app obviously led you to the wrong page. But if you want to know what economic and policy instruments can spur growth of a whole country, how to assess the impact of a policy measure, or most efficiently help developing countries reach adequate living standards or whether help helps at all. If you’d like to do your own research in this field one day or work with governments and aid agencies advising them on current development issues– this might be just the right study for you!The English-language Master of Arts in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Economic Sciences) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences). It builds on the successful Master of Arts in International Economics and the Master of Arts in Agribusiness; these programmes already had a strong specialization in development issues. This research-oriented Master's programme now offers a comprehensive four semester programme dedicated solely to the study of development economics issues. It leads to an internationally recognized and accredited Master’s degree in Development Economics and offers research-oriented teaching that covers theoretical as well as empirical issues in economic development. Its wide course offerings, one semester stay abroad, master thesis and specialization in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyze current issues in development economics and prepare them for careers in research or policy.... [-]


Master in Euroculture

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The goals of this Master's programme with respect to specialised knowledge and methodological and social competence are: to show to the... [+]

Euroculture is a unique inter-university and interdisciplinary project. The focus of the Programme is on cultural, social and political developments in Europe, its heritage and identity as well as values, citizenship and cultural relations. The Euroculture Programme stands out from many other European and Regional Study programmes because of its multidisciplinary approach, in which the citizen - instead of structures and models - is the central point of attention and reflection. Its core questions amongst others are: • Whether, to what extent, and in which forms does a common and unique European culture exist and how is it related to other regional or non-European cultures? • How are Europe and its cultural transformations perceived within Europe and from the outside? • What is the impact of political and social processes on European culture(s) and culture(s) in Europe as well as vice versa? Students do not only reflect on those and other questions while studying Euroculture, through studying in a multicultural environment, they also discover different cultures and gain international perspectives. Students spend the first semester at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. In the second semester students study at one of the host universities of the Euroculture consortium: • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) • Universidad de Deusto (Spain) • Uniwersytet Jagiello´nski w Krakowie (Poland) • Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (the Czech Republic) • Université de Strasbourg (France) • Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy) • Uppsala Universitet (Sweden) In the third semester student can either choose a professional track (internship) at any organization/institution of their choice as long as the placement is relevant for the Euroculture themes, or a research track at one of Euroculture Consortium universities based on the student’s research and/or professional interests. Our non-European partner universities for the research track are: • University of Pune (India) • Indiana University (USA) • University of Osaka (Japan) • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mandatory mobility between two or more consortium universities gives students the possibility of gaining diverse academic and personal experiences, which enrich the student’s level of intercultural competence, establish broad professional networks and increase their options on the global job market. Euroculture offers students: • Enrollment over two years (4 semesters) in a Masters Course (120 ECTS) which has been recognized by the European Commission as an "Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence" • A transdisciplinary approach involving the disciplines of European and Cultural Studies, History, Political Science, International Relations, Theology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Ethnology, Philology and Literature • A well-established mobility scheme that enables you to study in international joint-degree programme within a consortium of eight European and four non-European universities • The chance to experience an international environment, learn other languages, engage in intercultural dialogue and become familiar with different cultural practices • The possibility to obtain an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the whole Programme or in order to fund a research semester at one of the non-European partner universities as well as other grants to partly finance the mobility in the 2nd and internship in the the 3rd semester • The opportunity to access a number of other scholarships and grants, such as Erasmus Mobility (get funds for exchanging semester) and Erasmus Mobility for Placements (get funds for an internship) Euroculture enables students to: • Pursue a professional or a research track in order to deepen their research skills and theoretical knowledge or to acquire relevant professional skills and competences • Participate in an international summer school (Intensive Programme) of up to ten days. The location of the IP alternates between partner universities • Conduct research on the European political, cultural and social Integration process with its different dimensions. Important Keywords would be transculturally, citizenship, identity, mobility, or collective memory • Study Europe’s relations to and the mutual exchanges with the wider world. Due to longstanding special cooperation with the respected non-European universities in the consortium and in Göttingen in particular, the main regional focuses will be on the Near East / India as well as North America • Participate in the Master Thesis colloquium that helps to systematize, organize and streamline the student’s research process Opportunities and Perspectives: The Programme prepares graduates to work in the European, international or national context where the knowledge of present European and European Union institutions is relevant. It also provides skills and qualifications that enable students to embark on doctoral studies. The programme qualifies students for careers in the fields of: • European institutions, non-governmental and non-profit organizations • Education and research institutions, think-tanks • Embassies and consulates • Media, journalism, publishing, libraries • Public relations • Legal and personnel departments in international companies • Political parties, foundations and associations • City and regional planning, local and regional cultural projects • Cultural management • Museums, galleries and exhibitions • Tourism • Religious and church-based institutions • Charity organizations Language requirements: English is the language of instruction and assessment across the Euroculture Consortium. You must therefore submit proof of English language proficiency before being considered for admission. If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit one of the following acceptable English language proficiency tests: -TOEFL Paper-based: 580 or TOEFL IBT Internet-based: 92 -IELTS: minimum overall score 6.5, with no part score (listening, reading, writing, speaking) under 5.5 -CAE - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English: C1. Alternatively we accept applicants who have studied in an English-speaking country for at least 1 year, or students who had English as their language of instruction during the whole duration of their BA programme. Application deadline: The online application form for the 2014-2016 intake in Göttingen, starting on October 6 will be open until September 15, 2014 (September 1 for self-financing non-EU applicants and September 15 for self-financing EU applicants). [-]

Master in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The international Master Programme “Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (HEG)“ at the University of Göttingen conveys modern know-how in... [+]

Master in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (M.Sc.)

 

International Master programme held in English: The course aim is to prepare its participants for professional work as hydrogeologists, water resources or environmental experts, in research, consulting or administration in the public or private sector. It qualifies professionals for the groundwater resources and environmental technology sector.The international Master Programme “Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (HEG)“ at the University of Göttingen conveys modern know-how in the fields of integrated water resources management, contaminant transport in the subsurface and groundwater in fractured systems. Special attention is given to practical and quantitative approaches: e.g. saltwater intrusion; usage of alternative water resources (artificial recharge); environmental monitoring and remediation; water pollution control; contaminant treatment technologies; systems, surface and groundwater modelling. Emphasis is placed on water scarcity problems in semi-arid regions and developing countries.The tuition programme is presented by an international experienced and interdisciplinary team of lecturers from universities, private companies, research institutes and governmental institutions. Tuition includes lectures, field/laboratory work and case studies.... [-]


Master in Intercultural Theology

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. The study... [+]

Master in Intercultural Theology (M.A.)M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. The study course lasts for four terms and is offered by Göttingen University in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (Fachhochschule). It imparts basic knowledge about intercultural theology, which is to be applied in a project abroad or in Germany. The Master degree qualifies for various jobs in the churches, in Non-Governmental-Organizations, media, institutions of adult education or scientific institutes.The M.A.programme Intercultural Theology aims at equipping graduates to foster intercultural, interreligious and interdenominational communication and cooperation. The programme enables students to conduct in-depth scientific work in regards to theologically responsible practice within intercultural and interreligious communication and education processes. The programme therefore conveys knowledge on structural elements, forms and transformation processes of the Christian message in different cultural contexts. It enables students to anaylse and understand the trans- and intercultural characters and diversity of the cultural form of Christianity. Students will learn to responsibly contextually communicate the Gospel and to reflect the interaction of Christians with people of other religions, as well as analyse the theological, social, political and economical conditions of (inter)cultural transformation processes.The international mixture of students as well as a mandatory stay abroad at a partner university emphasize the intercultural educational process, promoting communication and cognitive abilities within the context. Students will work on a concrete project during their stay abroad in which will emphasize the application of scientific findings.In addition to intercultural and contextual theology and project work, students obtain fundamental skills in intercultural communication and are supposed to learn basic German, and get the opportunity to learn relevant languages of the Christian tradition (e.g. Hebrew, Greek).The programme is offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (Fachhochschule) and with partner universities in India, Ethiopia, Korea, Japan, Ghana, Lebanon, Armenia, Estonia, Indonesia, Tanzania, China and Belarus.... [-]


Master in International Agribusiness and Rural Development

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen Chile Talca + 2 more

This programme is designed to prepare highly qualified professionals who wish to pursue a career within the private or public sector, research or... [+]

Master in International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD) (M.Sc.)The IARD-Program

The M.Sc. Program International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD) is jointly offered by the Georg-August University of Goettingen (Germany) and Universidad de Talca (Chile).This programme is designed to prepare highly qualified professionals who wish to pursue a career within the private or public sector, research or non-governmental organizations in agribusiness and rural development. Students will develop solid economic and business skills and have the opportunity to broad their understanding of the agribusiness and food sector at international level.There are three teaching semesters with a total of fifteen modules; the fourth semester serves as a period for field research and writing the master thesis. The students from the IARD program start courses every year in Chile and spend the first and second semester at the Universidad de Talca. After two semesters and dependent upon financial resources students can continue their studies in Germany or finish their studies in Chile. The DAAD offers scholarships for applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean countriesThe programme provides the student a strong preparation in the fields of:... [-]


Master in International Nature Conservation

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The programme is held in English. It deals with international problems of nature conservation in the context of conservation biology, learning contrasts through... [+]

Master in International Nature Conservation (M.Sc./M.I.N.C.)

 

Degree: Master of Science/Master of International Nature Conservation (M.Sc./M.I.N.C.) (double degree)Standard duration of study: 4 semestersStarting semester: winter semesterAdmission: limited admission (application to the Faculty)Admission requirements: Bachelor’s in ecology, biology, forest sciences or related subjectsLanguage requirements: English (proof required); knowledge of German language not requiredApplication: InformationApplication deadline: May 15th (for the winter semester)Language of the Programme: English

 

Programme description

The programme is held in English.It deals with:... [-]


Master in Internet Technologies and Information Systems

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen Hannover Braunschweig Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 3 more

The programme supplements the courses of studies of Computer Science at the participating universities. It is based on jointly offered courses of the four... [+]

Master in Internet Technologies and Information Systems (M.Sc.)

 

The international, two-step programme of study (M.Sc.) „Internet Technologies and Information Systems“ (ITIS) is held in the English language and is jointly supported by the Faculties of Computer Sciences of the universities Braunschweig, Clausthal, Göttingen and Hanover.The programme supplements the courses of studies of Computer Science at the participating universities. It is based on jointly offered courses of the four cooperating universities with use of teleteaching and e-learning. This enables a broad spectrum of courses in the area of Internet technologies and information systems while simultaneously concentrating on these current and important subject areas.The programme content especially deals with Internet technologies, information systems, networks, grid technology, and related topics. Students also have the possibility of specialising in Telecommunication Business & Law. The contents of the Master's and consecutive doctoral programme are oriented towards the profile of the work group in which the student is accepted. There is an elective compulsory section of the Master's progamme in which students must select from a specified offer and additionally an elective section in which students can correspondingly select courses to prepare for the research task of their work group. The project paper and Master's thesis will also help students in this preparation.... [-]


Master in Mathematics

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The Master's programme goes beyond the objectives of the Bachelor's programme: Knowledge of the main mathematical disciplines, their interrelationships... [+]

Master in Mathematics (M.Sc.)Extremely fit for research and the economy! This research-oriented degree programme offers numerous options for individual specialisation. With excellent capacity for analytical thought, graduates of Göttingen have been in high demand in various areas of research and the economy for years. This degree also allows students to pursue doctoral studies, for example in one of the interdisciplinary research training groups at the University of Göttingen. This degree programme takes place in an international and interdisciplinary atmosphere which characterises the reputation of Mathematics at Göttingen.The Master's programme goes beyond the objectives of the Bachelor's programme: Knowledge of the main mathematical disciplines, their interrelationships, handling current mathematical research literature, as well as the ability to scientifically process and depict mathematical problems.Succesful completion of the Master's programme qualties graduates for:... [-]


Master in Modern Indian Studies

Campus or Online Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The English-language master's degree programme in Modern Indian Studies provides in-depth specialized knowledge of the subject, the ability to work... [+]

Master in Modern Indian Studies (M.A.)For prospective India specialists: This English-language Master's degree programme unites perspectives from the humanities, the social sciences and economics. In addition to academic knowledge specific to India, you will acquire well-founded essential knowledge from Regional and Cultural Studies. This will be consolidated by a visit to India, integrated into the degree programme. Topics taught include social, cultural and economic phenomena of modern India. The programme is supported by the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).The English-language master's degree programme in Modern Indian Studies provides in-depth specialized knowledge of the subject, the ability to work independently on subject specific and interdisciplinary research and to apply gained insights. The degree programme qualifies students for a successful career by provision of expertise, methodological and analytical skills and forms the basis for further studies in doctoral degree programs.... [-]


Master in Molecular Biology

Campus Full time 18 months October 2016 Germany Göttingen

This intensive programme leads graduates with a bachelor's degree to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) within 18 months. After a 3-year doctorate programme... [+]

Master in Molecular Biology (M.Sc.)

 

This intensive programme leads graduates with a bachelor's degree to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) within 18 months. After a 3-year doctorate programme, graduates may acquire either the title Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Dr. rer. nat.. The semester structure has been removed, different subjects are integrated into a uniformly structured range of courses and it is possible to switch into the doctorate programme without a master's thesis, thus shortening the period of study. All courses are held in English.The programme is divided into two parts. During the first year, lectures, tutorials, seminars, methodical internships and individually tutored research projects take place within 36 weeks. Lab rotation and individual tutorials as well as the involvement of lecturers from Max Planck institutes guarantee work that is hands-on and research-oriented. The first year of study ends with one written and two oral exams that qualify for the master's thesis. These may be omitted if good or excellent grades have been attained during the first year of study, allowing the student to switch directly over to the 3-year doctorate programme.Early participation in scientific conferences and courses as well as the publication of articles in international scientific journals are also required for the doctoral degree. The doctorate programme enables research stays in laboratories abroad.Social integration also plays an important role. A coordination office helps students at the start of their studies in Göttingen and offers a central contact point during the entire programme.Involved in the interdisciplinary programme of the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences are the Faculties of Biology and Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and for Experimental Medicine, as well as the German Primate Centre.The degree qualifies graduates for a professional career in molecular and cellular biosciences.... [-]


Master in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

This Joint degree programme of Agricultural Faculties of University Göttingen and University Kassel, is for students who want to contribute to a sustainable... [+]

Master in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) (M.Sc.)

 

This Joint degree programme of Agricultural Faculties of University Göttingen and University Kassel, is for students who want to contribute to a sustainable development of agriculture worldwide. It offers a well founded knowledge of bio-physical and socio-economic factors determining agricultural livelihood systems, an understanding of global ecosystems and their relationship with agriculture and social, professional and methodological expertise. Three profiles: International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics, International Organic Agriculture and Tropical Agriculture.

 

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Master in Sustainable International Agriculture

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The Master’s programme in Sustainable International Agriculture (SIA) is a consecutive joint Master study programme of the agricultural faculties of the... [+]

Master in Sustainable International Agriculture (M.Sc.)

 

This Joint degree programme of Agricultural Faculties of University Göttingen and University Kassel, is for students who want to contribute to a sustainable development of agriculture worldwide. It offers a well founded knowledge of bio-physical and socio-economic factors determining agricultural livelihood systems, an understanding of global ecosystems and their relationship with agriculture and social, professional and methodological expertise. Three profiles: International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics, International Organic Agriculture and Tropical Agriculture.The Master’s programme in Sustainable International Agriculture (SIA) is a consecutive joint Master study programme of the agricultural faculties of the Georg-August-University of Goettingen and the University of Kassel - Witzenhausen comprising 120 ECTS. All SIA modules are taught in English.The Master’s programme consists of fifteen modules with 6 ECTS each; a Master’s thesis in the 4th semester with 24 ECTS; colloquium with 6 ECTS.... [-]


Master in Tropical and International Forestry

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Germany Göttingen

The M.Sc. programme Tropical and International Forestry focuses on sustainable management and conservation of forest ecosystems worldwide, especially... [+]

Master in Tropical and International Forestry (M.Sc. study focus)

 

The M.Sc. programme Tropical and International Forestry focuses on sustainable management and conservation of forest ecosystems worldwide, especially in the tropical and subtropical forests of developing or emerging countries. Graduates of the programme work in forest management all around the world, often in cooperation with international research and development organizations.Along with the formal course-work, students gain intercultural work- and life-experience by interacting with international colleagues and professors. Experience has shown that personal and professional contact established during this MSc programme is an excellent way to expand the students’ professional network.... [-]


MSc

M.Sc. AstroMundus

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Austria Innsbruck Italy Padua Rome Serbia Belgrade Germany Göttingen + 7 more

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. [+]

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! [-]

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