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MSc Astrophysics


General Information

Program: Astrophysik (Master) Period of Study: 4 terms (expected)
Degree: Master  (Master of Science (M.Sc.)) Requirements: Bachelor degree
Start of Program: April or October Qualifying Exam: Yes
Language(s): Englisch Overall ECTS-Points Ein-Fach-Masterstudiengang mit 120 ECTS.

The four semester Master course which leads to the qualification of "Master of Science" is divided into two parts. The first two semesters consist of lectures in basic astrophysics and advanced courses in physics. A specialized subject area is chosen. The masters thesis is completed in the last two semesters with accompanying colloquia, tutorials and seminars.
The modular design of the Masters degree course in astrophysics allows the participants to study with emphasis in either experimental or theoretical topics. The primary goal of this course is to provide an overview into the deeper interconnections in astrophysics in a physical context. The masters degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed. In addition, it enables the student to be admitted to doctoral studies in physics.


The primary goals of the course are to impart expertise in current research topics on the basis of a deeper physical understanding. Here research methods, strategic planning, critical evaluation of the scientific results, independence as well as a career relevant qualifications are central. The ability to think astrophysically and to proceed methodically in both theory and practice are developed during the two year course of study. A mixture of lectures, exercises, seminars, colloquia, tutorials, practicals and field studies provides this training. Building on the knowledge gained in the first two semesters, these abilities will be strengthened during the year long research phase of the third and fourth semesters.


Entry Requirements

You will find details on the application and assessment procedures at Application for Admission to a Master of Science Degree Program.

Assessment procedure

Suggested Class Schedule

You may start studying the Master's program in Meteorology in October as well as in April. In total, students in the Master's program in Astrophysics need to achieve 120 ECTS credit points, distributed in the following manner:

1st term2nd term3rd term4th term
Courses of the Astrophysics Modules CLA Astrophysics
3 x ELA Astrophysics
each 6 ECTS
ELA Astrophysics
P/E Laboratory I
P/E Laboratory II
Preparation project for TW
CLA Astrophysics
S Advanced Seminar
2 x Attendant research seminar
each 3 ECTS
Master's Thesis Masterarbeit
30 ECTS / benotet
Supplement Courses ELP/P/S Modern Physics
Methods and tools tutorial

(*) Notation:

CLA = Course Lecture Astrophysics AM = Module of Astrophysics

ELA = Elective Lecture Astrophysics PM = Module of Physics

ELP = Elective Lecture Physics/Mathematics SWS = Number of weekly hours (the unit is 45 min)

S = Seminar L = Lecture Duration (the unit is 45 min)

E = Exercises CP = Credit Points based on the ECTS-system

P = Practical Work (Laboratory) TW = Thesis Work

Please note that this schedule is a suggestion. Further details and information are availabe at the MSc Astrophysics website.

Study and Examination Regulations

Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science degree program in Physics are currently only available in German. They may be found on the Faculty's German website.

Master's Examination and Academic Degree

The Master's degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed.  In addition, the Master's degree enables the graduates to enter a Ph.D. degree program in the field of Physics. The Faculty of Physics awards the graduates the academic degree of „Master of Science“ (M.Sc.).

Professional qualification

Graduates of the Master of Science in Astrophysics have attained a degree of knowledge in a modern specialized area of physics at the highest international level. Because of the broad range of the course they are able to apply their training to other areas and research topics in their subsequent professional careers. The Masters degree in Astrophysics enables the student to work independently as a physicist in research and university teaching, an industrial environment and the service industries. The professional qualification attained is applicable in fundamental physical research, applied research and development in natural science, technical, IT and medical areas as well as modern administration and service businesses.

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