24 months
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15300 EUR/year
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About

Students in the Astronomy programme from Aarhus University study new planets orbiting other stars, examine the structure and development of the stars through seismological studies, and explore the earliest stages of the development of the universe, working with computer modelling or measurements from state-of-the-art telescopes and satellites.

Overview

Measurements flow in every day from satellites in space and from observatories all over the world. Students in the Astronomy programme from Aarhus University are actively involved in research and in the discussion of new discoveries and theories. 

RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION

Teaching on the astronomy programme is greatly influenced by research, both in the courses and the thesis work, as the lecturers are active researchers. In this context, students benefit from the down-to- earth, informal relationship between the academic staff and students. Each student is associated with a group of researchers for their thesis work in year two, and there is wide scope for specialisation, both within the Department of Physics and Astronomy and (thanks to the department’s close collaborations with other centres) with researchers from the European Southern Observatory, the European Space Agency, and NASA.

CAREERS

As a graduate of the MSc programme in astronomy, a wide range of career opportunities will be open to you. Our graduates work in a variety of positions in the private sector, e.g. as data scientists, as researcher, or as software developer. Astronomy graduates also work in public research institutions such as universities, the European Southern Observatory, or the European Space Agency.

STUDENT LIFE

The Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to create a good student environment both in terms of working methods and in the social environment and facilities. When you write your master’s thesis in one of the department’s research groups, you will be given your own desk in an office that you will share with other students.

The department also has many social and academic associations with their own festive traditions. They organise events like the “hat party,” celebrating the most recent graduates. There is also the Physics Friday bar, where students get together at the end of the week to enjoy a drink and a catch-up.

Programme Structure

SPECIALISATION

The MSc in Astronomy programme is open to students with a BSc degree in physics or another BSc degree in science with substantial physics and mathematics content. The programme is challenging and research-oriented, and reflects the interests of the private sector, research institutions, and the public sector. It is also flexible, and can accommodate the interests and profile of the individual student.

Students can specialise in (for example) helio-and asteroseismology, extra solar planet research, galactic structure, compact objects, or cosmology. The programme qualifies students for a career in research: students may apply for admission to the university’s PhD programme either during the first year of the MSc programme or on completion of their thesis.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students must have a bachelor of science degree, preferably in physics. Admission may be granted based on a BSc in another field provided this includes core courses in physics and astronomy totalling a minimum of 60 ECTS, as well as basic subject components in mathematics and statistics totalling at least 30 ECTS. Other qualifications may also give admission to the Master’s programme, provided the university assesses their level, extent, and content as corresponding to the requirements stated above.

SELECTION CRITERIA

As the Master’s programme admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. Student places are allocated on the basis of an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor’s degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor’s degree.

Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of physics, astronomy, mathematics, and statistics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15300 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Aarhus

6639 - 10051 DKK /month
Living costs

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

Funding

Aarhus University offers a limited number of Danish state scholarships for highly qualified non-EU students applying for master’s degrees. You can read more about scholarships here: https://masters.au.dk/scholarships-and-grants

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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