Astrophysics and Cosmology - a.y. 2020/21

The Master’s degree aims at providing students with a comprehensive, up-to-date view of the main fields of modern Astrophysics, including astronomical detectors and techniques, black holes and neutron stars, Cosmology, Gravitational Physics, planets, stars and galaxies. Particular emphasis is placed on a solid background in Physics and on the growing ties among Astrophysics and different branches of Physics in the coming era of multi-messenger observations.


Level: Master

Field of study: Physics and Sciences of the Universe

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Astrophysics and Cosmology

Start date: October 2020

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: unlimited; non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 places  (2 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course structure

Common Path: Mathematical and Numerical Methods; General Relativity; Astrophysics Laboratory
Path 1 – Theory and Modelling: Theoretical Cosmology; Radiative Processes in Astrophysics; Theoretical Physics; Compact Object Astrophysics
Path 2 – Observations, Experiments and Interpretation: Stellar Astrophysics; Astrophysics of Galaxies; Observational Cosmology; Astrophysics Laboratory 2

  Career opportunities

Graduates work as coordinator or member of research groups in public or private research institutions or as professionals in industries with a technological profile or in sectors that require skills in modelling, testing, and interpreting large and complex data sets, such as consulting companies, research centres and public administration.

  Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, basic Computer Sciences and programming

  Language requirements

English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent


For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

Please read carefully the Call for Applications before applying online. Guidelines for application are available below.

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. Guidelines are available below.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme coordinator: Paola Marigo (