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Astrophysics and Relativity

Dublin City University

12 months
15000 EUR/year
5500 EUR/year
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The Astrophysics and Relativity programme of the Dublin City University is a new one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Students will gain advanced knowledge of astrophysics, general relativity, computational science and data analysis and the up-to-date skills required to understand the universe we live in.

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The Astrophysics and Relativity programme of the Dublin City University involves three main strands: Astrophysics, Relativity, and Computational Science and Data Analysis. All topics are covered in the first semester of the course, laying the foundations for development of these topics in the second semester. The course allows students to specialise in either General Relativity or Astrophysics.

Specialising in General Relativity allows you to study both astrophysical and fundamental physical properties of Black Holes, including gravitational collapse, the laws of black hole mechanics and Hawking radiation.  You will learn about the generation of gravitational waves by the collision of black holes and other astrophysical processes and their propagation across the universe. You will also learn the science behind their detection by ground- and space-based observatories. 

Students specialising in Astrophysics will study High Energy Astrophysics, Galaxies, Exoplanets, and will supplement this knowledge with the study of observational techniques. You will learn about the formation and evolution of galaxies. The study of exoplanets provides the fascinating prospect of discovering life outside our solar system: you will learn what we know about exoplanets and how we know it. In relation to High Energy Astrophysics, you will study the processes that lead to the emission of X-rays and gamma-rays from different sources, and how these are detected.

The study of these specialisms is supplemented in semester two by the study of Cosmology, which is of importance to both Astrophysics and Relativity. Here, you will learn about the origin and evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present, and study the unresolved problems of dark energy and dark matter. You will learn about the different observations of our universe’s near and distant past, and how these are used to infer the past and future behaviour of the universe as a whole.

As part of the programme, all students undertake a project in a chosen area of Astrophysics or Relativity. Students are individually supervised by academics and researchers from CfAR, and apply their theoretical and computational skills to cutting edge research in Astrophysics and Relativity. In addition, by completing the project, students will develop transferrable skills in relation to research, technical writing and scientific communication.


You will be ideally positioned to undertake postgraduate research in Astrophysics and Relativity in DCU and elsewhere. Students will have the opportunity to work with CfAR researchers to develop research proposals and to seek research funds.

With the skills you develop in computing and data analysis, you will have excellent career opportunities in a wide range of employment sectors, including information and communications technology, data analytics, engineering, banking, finance and business consultancy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Galaxies
  • Exoplanets
  • Black Holes
  • Cosmology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For admission to the M.Sc. in Astrophysics and Relativity, candidates must have completed a recognized primary degree (NFQ Level 8) in Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics or a closely related field (e.g. Engineering), with a minimum of a Second-Class Honours, Grade 1 Award (H2.1).   
  • Transfer from related Level 9 programmes in DCU or other third-level institutions is subject to having fulfilled educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • EU/EEA: 2,780 EUR per year
  • Non-EU/EEA: 7,500 EUR per year

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
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