Second cycle degree in

Astrophysics and cosmology (2020/2021)

Class: LM-17 - Physics & LM-58 - Universe sciences

Class LM-17 - Physics & LM-58 - Universe sciences
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language English
Tuition fees and scholarships
Access Open access with admission requirements

This course, delivered in English, provides a complete and updated view of the main fields of modern astrophysics, including astronomical detectors and techniques, black holes and neutron stars, cosmology, gravitation physics, planets, stars and galaxies. Thanks to a solid preparation in all the different branches of physics and astrophysics, both in the theoretical and observational fields, you can work in scientific research as a coordinator or member of research groups at universities and public or private research institutes, find employment in within high-tech industries (in particular space, optics, microelectronics, telecommunications, information technology) or dedicate yourself to high-level teaching.

Curricula
OBSERVATIONS, EXPERIMENTS AND INTERPRETATION; THEORY AND MODELLING

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Characteristics and objectives
The master degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology 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 (theoretical and experimental particle physics, detector physics, nuclear physics) in the coming era of multi-messenger observations.
Master graduates in Astrophysics and Cosmology will gain a detailed working knowledge of astrophysics both on the theoretical and observational sides. The final thesis (42 ECTS, approximately six months full time) will put the student in direct contact with an advanced research topic, enhancing his/her ability to carry out autonomous work. This will be key for either a successful continuation to a PhD in Astrophysics or in Physics, or to a job in the industrial or service sectors based on novel technologies.

Occupational opportunities
Job opportunities for graduates in Astrophysics and Cosmology include:
- coordinator or member of research groups at universities and public or private research institutions;
- employment in industries with a technological profile (in particular space, optics, microelectronics, telecommunications, information technology);
- employment in sectors that require skills in modelling, testing, and interpreting large and complex data sets, such as consulting companies, research centers and public administration;
- high-level teaching and/or dissemination of scientific culture, with particular reference to various theoretical, experimental and applicative aspects of classical and modern physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

Curricula
OBSERVATIONS, EXPERIMENTS AND INTERPRETATION; THEORY AND MODELLING

  Teaching list

I Anno SUBNUCLEAR PHYSICS [ DONATELLA LUCCHESI ] MULTIMESSENGER ASTROPHYSICS [ ELISA BERNARDINI ] GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS [ GIACOMO CIANI ] ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS [ ANTONIO MASIERO ] NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS [ FRANCESCO MARZARI ] GALACTIC DYNAMICS [ ENRICO MARIA CORSINI ] ASTRONOMICAL SPECTROSCOPY [ STEFANO CIROI ] ASTRONOMICAL INTERFEROMETRY [ MAURO D'ONOFRIO ] CELESTIAL MECHANICS [ STEFANO CASOTTO ] SELECTED TOPICS IN MODERN ASTROPHYSICS MATHEMATICAL AND NUMERICAL METHODS [ MICHELA MAPELLI ] THEORETICAL COSMOLOGY [ SABINO MATARRESE ] RADIATIVE PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICS [ ROBERTO TUROLLA ] ADVANCED ASTROPHYSICS [ PAOLA MARIGO ] STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS [ ANTONINO MILONE ] OBSERVATIONAL COSMOLOGY [ ALBERTO FRANCESCHINI ] OBSERVATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS [ SERGIO ORTOLANI ] ASTROPHYSICS OF GALAXIES [ ALESSANDRO PIZZELLA ] FUNDAMENTALS OF ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY [ SABINO MATARRESE ] FUNDAMENTALS OF MODERN PHYSICS [ CHIARA MAURIZIO ] ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 1: HIGH ENERGY INSTRUMENTATION [ EUGENIO ALESSIO BOTTACINI ] ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 1: INFRARED AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION THEORETICAL PHYSICS [ STEFANO RIGOLIN ] GENERAL RELATIVITY FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY [ MARCO PELOSO ] FINAL EXAMINATION II Anno HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS [ ALBERTO FRANCESCHINI ] FLUID AND PLASMA DYNAMICS ASTROPHYSICS OF THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM [ GIOVANNI CARRARO ] ASTRO-STATISTICS AND COSMOLOGY [ MICHELE LIGUORI ] COSMOLOGY OF THE EARLY UNIVERSE [ NICOLA BARTOLO ] EXOPLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS [ GIAMPAOLO PIOTTO ] COMPACT OBJECT ASTROPHYSICS [ ROBERTO TUROLLA ] ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 2 [ LUCA MALAVOLTA ]

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, basic Computer Sciences and programming
  • English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent