Second cycle degree in

Astrophysics and cosmology

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
Programme coordinator PAOLA MARIGO
Access Open access with admission requirements

Next Calls for applications (international students) - A.Y. 2022/23:

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2021-2 February 2022
  • 2nd Call: 2 March-2 May 2022 (non-EU)/2 September (EU) - APPLY NOW

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

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Training

I Year MATHEMATICAL AND NUMERICAL METHODS [CFU 6] OBSERVATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] ADVANCED ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] GENERAL RELATIVITY FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY [CFU 6] ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS [CFU 6] GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS [CFU 6] MULTIMESSENGER ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] SUBNUCLEAR PHYSICS [CFU 6] NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] GALACTIC DYNAMICS [CFU 6] PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] ASTRONOMICAL INTERFEROMETRY [CFU 6] ASTRONOMICAL SPECTROSCOPY [CFU 6] SELECTED TOPICS IN MODERN ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] CELESTIAL MECHANICS [CFU 6] ASTROPHYSICS OF GALAXIES [CFU 6] OBSERVATIONAL COSMOLOGY [CFU 6] STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] RADIATIVE PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] THEORETICAL COSMOLOGY [CFU 6] FUNDAMENTALS OF ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY [CFU 6] FUNDAMENTALS OF MODERN PHYSICS [CFU 6] ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 1: INFRARED AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION [CFU 6] ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 1: HIGH ENERGY INSTRUMENTATION [CFU 6] THEORETICAL PHYSICS [CFU 6] II Year ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 2 [CFU 6] COMPACT OBJECT ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] FLUID AND PLASMA DYNAMICS [CFU 6] ASTRO-STATISTICS AND COSMOLOGY [CFU 6] ASTROPHYSICS OF THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM [CFU 6] COSMOLOGY OF THE EARLY UNIVERSE [CFU 6] EXOPLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6] COMPUTATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS [CFU 6]