12 months
27520 CAD/year
6210 CAD/year
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The Astronomy and Astrophysics program at the University of Toronto is offered by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.


About this Degree

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is actively engaged in a wide range of observational and theoretical research on solar system dynamics, stars, stellar systems, the interstellar medium, the Galaxy, galaxies, quasars, clusters of galaxies, cosmology, and problems in general relativity. The Department has close ties with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Dunlap Institute​, which further enhance the opportunities for our students to interact with leading researchers.

Faculty and students use the major optical, radio, and satellite observing facilities of the world. We have an active experimental program using telescopes on long-duration stratospheric balloons and a complementary program designing and building instrumentation for optical, millimetre, and radio telescopes.

Programme Structure

  • Students are immediately engaged in original research throughout these two required research courses. An oral exam by committee is held for each. AST1501Y is normally completed during the Fall/Winter of Year 1, and AST1500Y is completed in the following Summer session.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 1.5 FCEs (three half courses) from the AST preparatory, elective, or specialized courses. More courses may be taken for credit or audited as appropriate.

  • Students are expected to attend the weekly general colloquium conducted by the department.

  • Residence. Students are normally expected to be on campus full-time for the duration of the program.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


2 alternative credits

2.0 required full-course equivalents (FCEs)


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics' additional admission requirements stated below.
  • Applicants must hold an appropriate bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English.
  • Because many universities do not offer extensive undergraduate training in astronomy and astrophysics, preparation in physics and mathematics is an acceptable background.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27520 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27520 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6210 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6210 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

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


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