Space science is the study of natural phenomena beyond Earth bound experiments. This ranges from optimizing the design of telescopes to understanding the inner workings of gravitational waves from binary black holes. The primary topics of the course are astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. Astronomy is principally the study of making observations of space.
Given the large amount of data available to astronomers, the processing techniques must be very novel to handle all this in a timely fashion. This has led to many industrial applications in finance, gaming, and many other industries. Astrophysics aims to broaden our understanding of the various objects present in the Universe. These range from the average star such as our Sun, to black holes where the extremes of gravity can produce the most violent events ever observed.
Finally, cosmology concerns itself with a larger view of the Universe where the goal is to understand the history of the Universe from the big bang to the present. This means understanding the role of dark energy and exploring the different competing theories of gravity.
The Space Sciences and Astronomy programme at the University of Malta focuses on problems which require different skillsets, ranging from theoretical subjects to more programming based topics, such as modelling large scale structure growth and so on. Depending on the project, the skill set acquired in this course has applicability in industry.
Primarily this programme serves as a feeder course for students intending to further their studies to PhD level in cosmology or astrophysics in general. However there are a number of other opportunities available for graduates of this course. These are very wide and vary depending on the particular nature of the problem the student chooses to tackle.
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- Project Seminar
- Astronomy and Cosmology
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- 18 months
- 36 months
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences
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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:
- the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics or Computational Physics or Statistics, with at least Second Class (Honours) or
- the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), with at least Second Class (Honours) or
- the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in ICT, with at least Second Class (Honours) or
- a Bachelor degree with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline related to the proposed area of study or
- an equivalent qualification
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International8933 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13400 EUR for the full programme during 18 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 18 months.
- Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.