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

The degree can be tailored to suit your interests and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical, computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. When you graduate, you may find yourself working as a hydrology modeller, instrument scientist, web analyst, scientist at Geoscience Australia, software engineer, or government and defence scientist. [+]

A two year postgraduate degree offered by The ANU College of Science.

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. Make an enquiry directly with ANU 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.... [-]


Masters Degree in Particle and Astroparticle Physics

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full time October 2018 Italy Rome

The Masters Degree Programme in Particle and Astroparticle Physics (LM-17) provides students with in-depth knowledge on the experimental and theoretical aspects of elementary particle physics. [+]

The Masters Degree Programme in Particle and Astroparticle Physics (LM-17) provides students with in-depth knowledge on the experimental and theoretical aspects of elementary particle physics. The Masters Degree programme offers a unique learning and training experience for students holding a Bachelors degree in Physics, including the opportunity to work with leading scholars. The programme spans the full spectrum of experimental, theoretical and applied particle and astroparticle physics, from high-energy colliders to neutrino physics, from gravitational waves to the search for dark matter, including high-performance computing and medical physics. Most of the research is performed within the framework of collaboration agreements involving CERN and other major international facilities and universities. Three other curricula (Condensed Matter, Biophysics and Theoretical Physics) of the same Masters Degree Programme in Physics as well a Master’s Degree Programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics are available with some courses given in Italian and others in English. World university rankings recognize the excellence of the Sapienza Physics Department and the superior quality of our teaching and laboratory training. [-]

Master's Degree In Astrophysics

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The exceptional atmospheric conditions for the highest quality astronomical observations in the Canary Islands, together with their geographical proximity and good connection with Europe, justify the presence of the European Observatory of the Northern Hemisphere (ENO). This fact, together with the consequent concentration of professors and researchers around the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the Department of Astrophysics of the ULL and the Observatories, generates an ideal environment for the development of a Master in Astrophysics in which direct contact with prestigious professionals supposes an exceptional added value. The Master has been designed based on a wide and rigorous offer of subjects, options and itineraries that are concreted in three specialties: "Specialty in Theory and Computation", "Specialty in Observation and Instrumentation" and "Structure of Matter". [+]

The exceptional atmospheric conditions for the highest quality astronomical observations in the Canary Islands, together with their geographical proximity and good connection with Europe, justify the presence of the European Observatory of the Northern Hemisphere (ENO). This fact, together with the consequent concentration of professors and researchers around the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the Department of Astrophysics of the ULL and the Observatories, generates an ideal environment for the development of a Master in Astrophysics in which direct contact with prestigious professionals supposes an exceptional added value. The Master has been designed based on a wide and rigorous offer of subjects, options and itineraries that are concreted in three specialties: "Specialty in Theory and Computation", "Specialty in Observation and Instrumentation" and "Structure of Matter".... [-]


Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics: Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year track Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (GRAPPA) in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, stands at at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. [+]

The two-year track Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (GRAPPA) in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, stands at at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. Students benefit from a highly collaborative international research environment. Current research topics include gravitational waves, collider-based particle physics experiments and dark matter detection, and staff is involved in several large international research projects.

Is GRAPPA in Amsterdam the track for me?

The GRAPPA track is for ambitious students interested in gravitation, astroparticle and particle physics. You 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. Furthermore, you:... [-]