M.Sc. Astronomy

Stockholm University

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Masters program in Astronomy at Stockholm University gives you a well-rounded and broad base in astronomy and astrophysics, including a number of options to specialize in an area of your own choice. The two-year program leads to a Master of Science degree in Astronomy.

During the course of the program you will study advanced courses in astronomy, covering topics such as observational techniques, gas dynamics, stellar structure and evolution, astrophysical radiation processes, cosmology, galaxies, etc. The final part of the degree consists of a thesis project spanning at least six months, giving the opportunity to get more deeply involved in research in a specific area within astronomy.

Astronomers work in many varying areas, including research, teaching, computing and image processing. The program also offers a good foundation for PhD studies.

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The programme requires a Bachelor's degree in physics (or equivalent). A Bachelor degree with a major in astronomy is given in cooperation with the physics department at Stockholm University, Fysikum. However, regular bachelor degrees in physics also fulfill the requirements, regardless whether they were awarded by Stockholm University or another institution. Degrees awarded by institutions outside the EEA may also fulfill the requirements.

The first one and a half years of the Master's programme consist of advanced courses in astronomy. The courses cover observational techniques, gas dynamics, stellar structure and evolution, radiation processes, cosmology, galaxies, etc. The final part of the degree consists of a thesis project, giving the opportunity to get more deeply involved in research in a specific area within astronomy. The thesis project gives 30-45 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

Requirements

General requirements for Master's programmes:

- An academic degree (i.e. a Bachelors degree or the equivalent, at least 180 ECTS.) Stockholm University does accept applicants in their last year of Bachelor's studies. See note below: Previous university records

- Proficiency in English, which must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

* IELTS score (Academic) of 6.5 or more (with no section scoring below 5.5)
* TOEFL score 20 in written test, total score of 90 (internet based)
* TOEFL score 4,5 in written test, total score of 575 (paperbased)
* Cambridge/Oxford - Advanced or Proficiency level

TOEFL test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS), to University Admissions in Sweden (institution code: SWEDEN 3477).

English language test exemptions

Some students may be exempt from submitting formal test evidence. These are:

* Students who have a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the latest edition of International Handbook of Universities.
* Students who have a Bachelor's degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen or equivalent academic qualifications) with English as the major subject.
* Students with a 4-year university degree in Engineering, Science or Technology from India and Pakistan.
* Students who have 30 HE credits from a Nordic country and the language of instruction of the course/programme/university is English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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