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Astrophysics and Space Science

University of Cape Town

Master On Campus
24 months
Duration
3764 USD/year
1608 USD/year
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About

South Africa has a long history of excellence in astronomy, a sound high-tech infrastructure and clear skies. Researchers from around the region have joined forces to create a cooperative, combined Astrophysics and Space Science graduate programme, hosted at the University of Cape Town.

Overview

Why to study

Lectures of the Astrophysics and Space Science programme at the University of Cape Town will be given by staff in the NASSP consortium and will cover most areas of modern Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology. In addition to lecture courses, students will be expected to take a substantial practical component which will involve several field trips to some of southern Africa's space science research facilities. These include the South African Astronomical Observatory site at Sutherland where the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere) is located; the radio telescope facility at Hartebeesthoek and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS).

Students graduating from this programme will be both equipped to do research at the cutting edge of Astrophysics and have the broad science skills needed in any modern technological society.

The programme is being hosted by the University of Cape Town, Students will spend the first semester at UCT completing the taught component of the Masters. This consists of 5 NASSP courses taught by distinguished South African researchers, flown in from research institutions participating in NASSP.

Thereafter, students will work on a research topic under the supervision of scientists from one of the institutions participating in NASSP and be registered for an MSc at that institution. Students could also be co-supervised by scientists from the NRF National Facilities such as the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lectures will be given by staff in the NASSP consortium and will cover most areas of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. In addition to lecture courses, students will be expected to take a substantial practical component which will involve several field trips to some of southern Africa's space science research facilities. These include the South African Astronomical Observatory site at Sutherland where SALT, the Southern African Large Telescope (the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere) is located, the radio telescope facility at Hartebeesthoek and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS).

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

128 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have, or expect to obtain a good BSc degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Engineering.
  • Full CV giving permanent address and telephone/fax numbers, date of birth, full names, nationality, educational history up to present date, employment history up to present date, details of computer systems and software packages used to date, details of research publications up to present date.
  • Undergraduate academic transcript showing marks for each course taken in each year. 
  • If you are applying for the Masters programme also include a certified copy of the original degree certificate.
  • A letter of motivation, outlining why you choose to apply for a place on the NASSP

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3764 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1608 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National : R 27 000
  • International fee: R 63 200

Funding

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Due for update

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Astrophysics and Space Science
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University of Cape Town

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