MSc in Astrophysics

Lund University

Program Description

MSc in Astrophysics

Lund University

Program overview

This structured two-year program 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.

Program modules/courses

Compulsory courses: Stellar Structure and Evolution, Dynamical Astronomy, Statistical Tools in Astrophysics, Planetary Systems, Extragalactic Astronomy. Electives: Astrobiology, High Energy Astrophysics, Introduction to Astrophysics, Laboratory Astrophysics, Observational Techniques and Instrumentation, Computational Astrophysics.

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.

Career prospects

Although many of our students go on to do a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. Former Master’s students are doing or have done PhDs at the University of Cambridge, Heidelberg University, and the European Southern Observatory.

Read more about this program on www.lunduniversity.lu.se/Astrophysics

Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Rankings 2017/2018, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. 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 an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund – a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

Learn more at www.lunduniversity.lu.se

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Last updated December 10, 2017
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Sept. 2018
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2 years
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