This structured two-year programme offers you the opportunity to learn about the universe and apply your knowledge of physics in a vibrant and fast developing area of science.
The first semester is spent on core astronomy courses, including stellar structure and evolution and galactic dynamics. In the second semester, you will begin work on a 60 ECTS degree project under the supervision of internationally well-regarded professors, and this project continues over three semesters. You will also take four more courses broadening your knowledge of the most exciting areas of modern astrophysics such as exoplanets and the early universe.
Compulsory courses: Stellar Structure and Evolution, Dynamical Astronomy, Statistical Tools in Astrophysics, Planetary Systems, Extragalactic Astronomy. Electives: High Energy Astrophysics, Introduction to Astrophysics, Laboratory Astrophysics, Observational Techniques and Instrumentation, Computational Astrophysics, General Relativity, Fluid Mechanics, Radiative Transfer and Stellar Atmospheres.
For courses, there are normally about 4 hours of lectures per week as well as additional seminars and workshops that are led by the teachers. Note that during the autumn in the first year you will take two courses in parallel at all times. Supervision for the thesis project is individual, but students receive at least two hours supervision per week during the whole project. In addition to that, you will be fully integrated into the life of the department and actively participate in weekly group meetings and scientific seminars.
Although many of our students go on to do a PhD in astronomy, we aim to teach skills that are also of broad use outside academia.To give an idea of the possibilities open to you, we can mention that former alumni work at Sony, the Swedish Defense Research Institute (FOI), as secondary school teachers and on developing the next generation of instruments to image the retina in the human eye. Naturally, we have many students that have gone on to do a PhD. Former Master’s students are doing or have done PhDs at the University of Cambridge, Heidelberg University, University of Groningen and the European Southern Observatory.
Read more about this program on www.lunduniversity.lu.se/astrophysics
Why Lund University?
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.
If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.
The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more about Lund University at www.lunduniversity.lu.se
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Last updated October 2, 2018