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ASTROMUNDUS - Astrophysics, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #234 (QS) ,
ASTROMUNDUS - Astrophysics programme offered at University of Padova is a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics.


The ASTROMUNDUS - Astrophysics programme offered at University of Padova was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course and is now continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The Masters Course is offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of 4 research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

The main objective of the programme is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. 

At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics.

Career opportunities

Over 8 course editions, the last two of which are currently ongoing, 124 students from 47 countries were enrolled in the course. S

eventy-seven students have already successfully graduated from the programme and close to 90% of them have obtained PhD or other academic positions at prestigious universities or research institutions around the world. 

Graduates who continued their career within the AstroMundus consortium, continued to contribute to the programme as tutors for the new generations of students. Several graduates already concluded their PhD and are continuing their scientific career at postdoctoral level. 

Some alumni have already co-authored a high number of scientific publications and are actively involved in large projects at the forefront of Astrophysical research, such as the detection of gravitational waves. In some cases, AstroMundus alumni have opted for a career switch and are successfully exploiting the acquired technical, analytical and personal skills in the industrial and business sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Galactic Astrophysics
  • Solar Astrophysics and Space Weather
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • Active Galactic Nuclei 
  • Cosmology 
  • Particle Cosmology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Gravitational waves
  • Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space
  • Computational astrophysics 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

The "Astrophysics" Erasmus+:Erasmus Mundus Masters Course is open to students of all nationalities (with the exception of DPRK nationals, see the note below) that fulfill these minimum requirements:
  • Hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics (or a recognized Degree that certifies an equivalent amount of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of previous studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) or expect to obtain it latest by August of the starting year of the Masters Course 
  • Have a good and certified knowledge of the English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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They include:

  • Tuition fees
  • Insurance costs in the host country

Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • A limited number of scholarships is expected to be funded through the new Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree (JMD) programme of the European Commission. 
  • Applicants that wish to apply for a JMD scholarship will have to state so in the relevant part of the AstroMundus application form. 
  • Students that already received in the past an Erasmus Mundus or JMD scholarship are not allowed to receive a new one.

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