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Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The M.Sc. in Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics from Uppsala University is for those of you who want to answer these types of questions and gain a deep understanding of physical phenomena from outside the earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the observable universe.


This Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics specialisation from Uppsala University covers topics beyond planet Earth. You study electromagnetic environments of solar-system planets, exoplanet characterisation, stars and their atmospheres, their winds and evolution. You explore the Milky Way and its origin as well as external galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. Most of the topics taught are true specialties of researchers in the Division of Astronomy and Space Physics, with the associated Uppsala branch of the Swedish Institute of Space Research (IRF).

Uppsala University is the only place in Sweden where you can study both space physics and astronomy. Here you can research the cosmos using state-of-the-art technology (ground- and space-based instrumentation, supercomputers) to answer some of the most fundamental questions in physics.In the specialisation in Astronomy and Space Physics, within the Master’s Programme in Physics, you study how the earth’s magnetosphere works, how stars evolve and how the Milky Way came to be. You explore the processes that govern the evolution of the universe and gain a deep understanding of physical phenomena from outside the earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the observable universe.


Your mathematical competence and analytical problem-solving skills will make you an attractive recruit. Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Course for the Master Programme in Physics
  • Observational Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Electromagnetic Field Theory
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Space Physics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • 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

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is 75 credits in physics.

With a Bachelor’s degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may or may not qualify for our Master programme. You must have passed physics courses worth at least 75 credits (out of 180 credits), i.e. 1.25 years of full-time physics courses (out of three years). Before applying, verify that you meet this requirement. 

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28171 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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