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.
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. [+]
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. [+]
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. [+]
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. [+]
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.... [-]