M.Sc. On Campus


University of Potsdam

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Whether they focus on technical developments or basic research, astrophysicists seek to substantiate and expand our understanding of the Universe and its constituents. The Astrophysics MSc course at the University of Potsdam prepares you to participate in this field.

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The research-oriented Astrophysics MSc course at the University of Potsdam conveys comprehensive knowledge about the structure and evolution of the Universe and its constituents. You will gain a profound understanding of the many complex physical processes that provide the foundation to explain cosmic phenomena. You will also develop a methodological toolkit that enables you to explore and analyze these phenomena. Subject-specific competences in the program include the discipline’s core fields (stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, cosmology) and a variety of more specialized topics (for example: galaxy clusters and large-scale structures, interstellar and intergalactic gas, stellar winds, solar physics, cosmic magnetic fields, planetary science, astroparticle physics, gravitational waves, astronomical instrumentation and observation methods, computer simulations, and others). 

Career opportunities

  • As a graduate of the master’s degree in astrophysics you will be able to independently plan and conduct research projects in the field of astrophysics. You will be able to identify subject-specific problems, find appropriate methods to address them, and present the results of your work in an appropriate form.
  • Career prospects for graduates of this course include scientific institutions and universities, high-tech and information technology, knowledge transfer and the media. Your analytical training and solid English skills will qualify you for numerous, internationally oriented professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Astrophysics
  • Higher Physics
  • Methods of modern Astrophysics
  • Topics in advanced Astrophysics
  • Supplementary topics
  • Preparatory Phase for the Master’s Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Important prerequisites for the master’s degree program include a solid foundation in physics and mathematics and a deep interest in astrophysical phenomena and topics.
  • In general, the prerequisite for master’s studies at the University of Potsdam is an academic degree, such as a bachelor’s degree. Your first degree should be in a subject that is relevant to your course of study, for example in physics. You should be able to provide documentation of at least 60 credit points in physics and mathematics. Furthermore, you should have completed at least 6 credit points in astrophysics.
  • Because this degree program is taught in English, good English skills are expected that correspond at least to the C1 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.

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  • 280 Euros per semester administrative fee

Living costs for Potsdam

690 - 1050 EUR /month
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