Masters of Science in Astronomy

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Astronomy

Students looking to increase their knowledge of astronomy and further their educational and employment goals in the field of cosmology may be interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Astronomy.

So what is an MSc in Astronomy? A master’s degree in astronomy will give students an in-depth education into cosmology, which will cover the creation and expansion of the universe and the solar system, dark matter, and the life cycle of stars and galaxies. The program may also include courses covering mathematics, physics and computational astrophysics.

Earning a Master of Science in Astronomy is highly beneficial for science professionals as it can offer a wide array of job choices. Observatories, colleges and universities, federal agencies, and laboratories all have a great need for highly skilled and educated astronomers.

The cost of pursing an advanced degree in astronomy varies widely from university to university and from country to country. Scholarships may be available based on your previous academic record and your desired field of study, or you may be eligible for financial aid and other need-based educational funding programs to help offset the cost of tuition and other fees.

Many professional astronomers are part of the faculty at colleges and universities, or are working at higher education affiliated laboratories where they may teach physics or astronomy courses. Observational astronomers may work at national observatories or even government laboratories, collecting data and then analyzing the data they receive. Some astronomers are also employed in the private sector, lending their skills and talents to businesses that need consulting. Astronomers can also be of great public service in science museums and planetariums as they help the general population to understand and appreciate astronomy and cosmology.

Individuals looking to increase their employment potential and gain further knowledge about the solar system, observational astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science can continue their education online. If you are interested in pursuing an MSc in Astronomy, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Science in AstroMundus

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 2 years November 2019 Germany Göttingen Austria Innsbruck Italy Padua Rome Serbia Belgrade Hanover Brunswick Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 10 more

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. [+]

AstroMundus

AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS). The programme was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course and is now continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Master's Course is offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of 4 research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

The main objective of the programme 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 Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics.... [-]


Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy: Biophysics and Biophotonics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will use the language of physics to explore the secrets of life processes. This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health. [+]

In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will use the language of physics to explore the secrets of life processes. This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health.

The programme

Supported by the cutting-edge technologies available in our laboratories and by a series of theoretical classes delivered by our enthusiastic staff members, you can dive into the fascinating world of DNA unfolding, protein function, cell mechanics, tissue engineering, and organ function. You will learn about photonics and its use in the development of new imaging techniques; or you can choose to deepen your knowledge in the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy, in close collaboration with the medical doctors of the two academic medical centres of Amsterdam. After this programme, you can continue an exciting career in an academic research institute, apply for a post-graduation training to become a clinical physicist, work in hospitals, schools, or the private sector.... [-]


Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy (joint degree UvA/VU)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy focuses both on fundamental research and its applications. You learn to test, explain and develop theories on physical phenomena, to conduct and evaluate experiments and astronomical observations, and to analyse and solve problems using scientific methods. The programme combines a broad understanding of physics and astronomy in general with in-depth knowledge of specific physics areas. [+]

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy focuses both on fundamental research and its applications. You learn to test, explain and develop theories on physical phenomena, to conduct and evaluate experiments and astronomical observations, and to analyse and solve problems using scientific methods. The programme combines a broad understanding of physics and astronomy in general with in-depth knowledge of specific physics areas.

Internationally renowned

The UvA and VU are internationally renowned for their physics and astronomy research. Among past and present professors are several winners of the Spinoza Prize - often called the Dutch Nobel Prize: Ed van den Heuvel (Astronomy, 1995), Robbert Dijkgraaf (Mathematical Physics, 2003), Michiel van der Klis (Astronomy, 2004) and Erik Verlinde (Theoretical Physics, 2011). ... [-]


Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy: Science for Energy and Sustainability

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. It's a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. [+]

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. It's a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam

Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates. As a Physics and Astronomy student in Amsterdam, you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability in Amsterdam have to offer me? ... [-]

Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy: Theoretical Physics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field. Requiring a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication, it seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: What is matter made of? What is the nature of space and time? [+]

Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field. Requiring a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication, it seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: What is matter made of? What is the nature of space and time?

Is Theoretical Physics in Amsterdam the study for me?

If you are fascinated by physics and the laws of science, Theoretical Physics might be the track for you. You will need to have a profound knowledge of the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics, calculus and linear algebra (a basic knowledge of condensed matter and particle physics is an advantage). Furthermore, you:... [-]


Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy: Advanced Matter and Energy Physics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is among the best experimental physics programmes in the world. [+]

The two-year track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is among the best experimental physics programmes in the world. It offers you challenging courses and research opportunities in hot topics in laboratories around the world and prepares you for an exciting career in research.

Is Advanced Matter and Energy Physics in Amsterdam the track for me?

If you enjoy the challenge of fundamental experimental research and always keep an eye open for possible applications of your results, Advanced Matter and Energy Physics might be the track for you. Furthermore, you:

Have a well-founded knowledge of quantum mechanics, statistical physics and electrodynamics (at bachelor's level) - knowledge of condensed matter physics is an advantage Would like to work in a leading research laboratory in the Netherlands or abroad - or work on a project in an industrial research setting Enjoy working in a team while being the driving force and hands-on 'principle investigator' of your own experiments Like to get to the bottom of things, are not afraid of complexity and have a well-developed understanding of the art of doing (experimental) science Can quickly absorb and integrate novel concepts What does Advanced Matter and Energy Physics at the UvA have to offer me? ... [-]

Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy: Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year track Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, provides you with thorough training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics. The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. New generations of instruments - situated on the earth's surface and in space - enable us to study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe in a more profound way than ever before. [+]

The two-year track Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, provides you with thorough training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics. The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. New generations of instruments - situated on the earth's surface and in space - enable us to study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe in a more profound way than ever before.

Is Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam the track for me?

If you are eager to explore how the laws of physics play out in the universe, Astronomy and Astrophysics might be the track for you. Obviously, you will need to have a solid background in physics and mathematics at the Bachelor's level (with at least some basic knowledge of astronomy). Furthermore, you have a strong interest in:... [-]


MSc Astronomy

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Astronomy covers observations using the world's most powerful telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space. [+]

The master's programme Astronomy covers observations using the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modelling, large-scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this two-year master’s programme in Astronomy, you get access to cutting-edge research in modern astronomy. Main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.... [-]


MSc in Astronomy

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months February 2019 Netherlands Groningen

A Master's degree in Astronomy is a gateway into a wide world of science and technology. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes. [+]

A Master's degree in Astronomy is a gateway into a wide world of science and technology. Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars and black holes.

The two-year curriculum of the Master's degree can be tailored according to your own interests and capabilities. The wide range of options includes the possibility to focus on observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and informatics, data science or astronomy teaching.

Astronomy graduates in the Netherlands in general and Kapteyn graduates, in particular, have excellent career prospects. The Master's programme in Groningen is ranked as a top-degree in the Netherlands (by the 'Keuzegids'). Facilities are being ranked as outstanding, while the quality of the lecturers, the research component as well as the preparation for the professional field through e.g. internships are ranked as very good.... [-]


Master in Physics and Astronomy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The Master in Physics and Astronomy is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in physics organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This MSc programme combines the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent). [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Master in Physics and Astronomy is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in physics organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This MSc programme combines the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent).

This master's offers:

a broad scientific formation with a wide range of career opportunities; the possibility to do research for your Master thesis in experimental and theoretical research groups with a strong, international reputation; the presence of the famous International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, where Nobel Prize laureates and other top researchers are regular visitors; internship possibilities at CERN and other research institutions, as well as the possibility to do an internship in business; a high-level education in vibrant and multicultural Brussels, the capital of Europe. ... [-]

Master of Science in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Rochester + 1 more

RIT’s master’s program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. [+]

MSc in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT’s master’s program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.... [-]


MSc in Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Netherlands Nijmegen

The physicists and astronomers at Radboud University attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries - from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light. [+]

The physicists and astronomers at Radboud University are internationally renowned. They attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries - from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light. All lectures are enriched by the research carried out at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) and the Donders Centre for Neuroscience. And this is where the secret of good education lies, according to a recent evaluation by a commission of experts.

Specialisations

You are able to choose from three specialisations within this programme:

Neuroscience/Neurophysics Particle and Astrophysics Physics of Molecules and Materials Programme ... [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Astronomy and Space Physics

University of Turku
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Finland Turku

The astronomy and space physics track is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. It encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system, to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics (e.g. accretion processes, the physics of black holes and neutron stars) and cosmology. [+]

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FROM THE SUN TO SUPERNOVAE, NEUTRON STARS, BLACK HOLES, AND GALAXIES!

The astronomy and space physics track is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. It encompasses a broad range of topics from the physics of the sun and solar system, to stellar and galactic structure and evolution, as well as topics in high energy astrophysics (e.g. accretion processes, the physics of black holes and neutron stars) and cosmology.

The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics. Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including computational and numerical techniques.... [-]