• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The master's degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Padova 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.

Overview

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.

Career opportunities

Job opportunities for graduates in  Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Padova 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mathematical and Numerical Methods
  • General Relativity
  • Astrophysics Laboratory
  • Theoretical Cosmology
  • Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Physics  
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Astrophysics of Galaxies 
  • Observational Cosmology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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General Requirements

Admission to the Master course  requires a few criteria are met, namey: good knowledge of classical physics and basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and statistics; mastery of the main mathematical tools (mathematical analysis and geometry);  experience in physics laboratory.

Entry requirements are quantified as follows:

  • 24 ECTS acquired in the physics area (SSD FIS/01-07)
  • 24 ECTS acquired in the math area (SSD MAT/01-09)

For candidates with a foreign degree, the academic requirements are verified by an admission committee that checks the congruence of bachelor studies and assesses the merit. The evaluation of the applicant's curriculum studiorum  may be integrated by an interview (remote connection), if needed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2602 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2602 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2602 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2602 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Funding

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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