Masters Programs in Astronomy

Compare 4 Masters Programs in Astronomy

Astronomy

Astronomy is a science that deals with the study of celestial objects. Astronomy touches on a variety of other scientific disciplines, and is concerned with Chemistry and Physics as well as evolutionary theories. It has also set out to tackle large questions such as: How did the universe come to be? How is it developing? As long as man has looked up at the sky, Astronomy has existed, and it is claimed to be one of the oldest and most established sciences. You can turn your fascination and interest in Astronomy into a rewarding and successful career with a Master in Astronomy.

Astronomy normally splits into two disciplines: observational and theoretical. Master in Astronomy programs will explore both. Observational Astronomy is based on observing the sky, writing down data and generally watching the development. Theoretical Astronomy deals with analytical models to describe various phenomena in the sky. Students pursuing a Master in Astronomy can usually choose an area of interest for specialization.

A Master in Astronomy will enable you to study the above mentioned topics and more. So if this sounds of interest to you, please click on any of the Master in Astronomy links below to learn more!

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Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) (MAA)

The Australian National University | Science
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. [+]

Masters in Astronomy. A two year postgraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be based at our Mount Stromlo Observatory, where our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our staff include winners of the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize. The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) incorporates both coursework and research components. The coursework component can be tailored to your interests, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop your detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to: demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in their area of study; apply their knowledge in astronomy & astrophysics to new problems; interpret, synthesize and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to astronomy & astrophysics;... [-]

MSc in Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 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 chose from three specialisations within this programme: Neuroscience/Neurophysics Particle and Astrophysics Physics of Molecules and Materials ... [-]

Master of Space Studies (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven - University of Leuven
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions. [+]

Masters in Astronomy. The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defence, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures. What is the Master of Space Studies all about? The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions. This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Structure The programme is conceived as an advanced master’s programme and as such it requires applicants to have successfully completed an initial master’s programme in either the humanities and social sciences, exact sciences and technology or biomedical sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme is expressed by the common core of 25 ECTS... [-]

MSc in Astrophysics

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

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. [+]

Programme overview

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 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. Career prospects 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 some of our former Master's students are doing or have done PhDs at the University of Cambridge, Heidelberg University and the European Southern Observatory. Former alumni work at Sony, the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI), as secondary school teachers and on developing the next generation of instruments to image the retina in the human eye.... [-]