Masters Programs in Astrophysics

Compare 4 Masters Programs in Astrophysics

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For students who wish to continue their formal education beyond a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree is a popular option. This type of program delves more deeply into the preferred area of study and typically takes approximately two to four years to complete.

What is a Master in Astrophysics? A Master in Astrophysics is a structured, research-oriented program that allows students to more fully develop their knowledge of the universe and of physics within a dynamic environment.  Typical courses include topics such as high-energy astrophysics and dynamics, astrophysical objects and space plasma, cosmology, observational software development, and contemporary issues and events in astrophysics. Students in the program complete highly specialized research projects that can span multiple semesters. This program is an appropriate preparation for students who are interested in obtaining a doctoral degree and those who are interested in becoming college professors.

Graduates will have developed the skills to excel at independent research in their desired fields. A master’s degree will give them the advantage when searching for a job in astrophysics. Students with this degree will have learned how to interact with professors from all over the world and network for future career and research opportunities.

The cost of this program will depend upon the institution and the structure of the particular program. The admissions office is available to answer questions that are not answered on the school’s website. Adequate research will help the student make an informed decision.

Many graduates decide to continue on and pursue doctoral degrees in astronomy and then secure positions as professors at universities all over the world.  There is a strong overlap for careers based upon astronomy and those based upon astrophysics. Additional careers include research associates, secondary school teachers, and developers of new and improved astronomical instruments.

A Master of Astrophysics requires both passion and commitment. It is vital for interested students to actively research different programs to ensure that the one they select will be of the greatest interest to them and put them on the correct career path. To learn more, 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 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 Astrophysics. 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;... [-]

Master in Theoretical Physics

UAM Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Spain Madrid

One of the main objectives of this Master’s Degree is to provide specialized academic training in the field of Theoretical Physics and an introduction to Research. This programme is the gateway to doctoral studies. [+]

[Specialization in Elementary Particles and Cosmology / Specialization in Astophysics and Physics of the Cosmos] Skills and professional training One of the main objectives of this Master’s Degree is to provide specialized academic training in the field of Theoretical Physics and an introduction to Research. This programme is the gateway to doctoral studies. The training it provides allows students to acquire a variety of general competences which can lead to a wide range of jobs in fields such as teaching, science, technology, work outside of the academic world and even in such different disciplines as economics, applied computing, communications technologies, etc. Graduates from this Master’s Degree will be able to develop a career in this field: a) pursuing a research career by writing a PhD; b) working in research institutes, astronomical observatories, etc.; c) teaching in secondary education; d) working in technological companies (e.g. working with accelerators, in the aerospace sector, etc.) and other cross-curricular fields (consultancy, communications, software simulation, image processing, etc.); e) promoting and explaining science in different sectors (media, planetariums, museums, etc.). Admission requirements: The student must be graduate (Bachelor or Degree) in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Engineering (in one of the following designations: Aeronautical / Aerospace, Civil and Land, Materials, roads, canals and ports, Industrial / Industrial Technologies, Energy, Chemical, Maritime, Naval and Ocean, Telecommunication or Geomatics and Surveying) or equivalent degrees from foreign universities. It is also required to have a B2 level in knowledge of English language or the equivalent level required for obtaining... [-]

Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics: Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

Gravitation Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA) is a selective excellence 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics. It stands at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. [+]

Masters in Astrophysics. What does Gravitation Astroparticle Physics at the UvA have to offer me? Gravitation Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA) is a selective excellence 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics. It stands at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. Current GRAPPA research topics include: - gravitational waves - dark matter detection - multi-messenger techniques (i.e. neutrinos, radio through gamma-ray signatures) - particle acceleration in astrophysical sources - cosmology - beyond the Standard Model physics. GRAPPA staff members are involved with several international research projects, such as: - the ANTARES and KM3NeT neutrino telescopes - the KamLAND reactor neutrino experiment - the XENON dark matter experiment - astroparticle-related experiments in the CERN-based ATLAS detector - the Cherenkov Telescope Array - existing and upcoming astrophysical facilities from the radio waves (e.g. LOFAR) through the X-rays (e.g. Chandra, XMM, LOFT). Is Gravitation Astroparticle Physics at the UvA for me? It is, if you: - are ambitious - are interested in cosmology and astroparticle physics - are interested in fundamental research - have thorough knowledge of quantum mechanics, calculus and electrodynamics - are intrigued by both the subatomic scale (e.g. the Standard Model, particle interactions) and the largest scales (e.g. astrophysical objects, the universe), and are particularly interested in combining the two to address some of the biggest puzzles in science - have a theoretical or experimental background - take pleasure in an international collaborative research environment. GRAPPA/astro and GRAPPA/particle In effect, there are... [-]

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.... [-]