Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The M.Sc. in Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics from Uppsala University is for those of you who want to answer these types of questions and gain a deep understanding of physical phenomena from outside the earth’s atmosphere to the far reaches of the observable universe.


How does the earth’s magnetosphere work? How do stars evolve, how do they end their lives? How did the Milky Way come to be? What are the processes that govern the evolution of the universe?

During the M.Sc. in Physics - Astronomy and Space Physics from Uppsala University you will apply your background in physics to the cosmos. No prior knowledge in astronomy is required. 

Choose from a wide range of courses according to your inclination. Apart from the five-month thesis work, no specific astronomy course is obligatory. You choose from a wide range of courses on offer. However, we recommend taking the four 10-credit courses (The Physics of Planetary Systems, The Physics of Stars, The Physics of Galaxies, and Cosmology) for a good overview of contemporary research in astronomy and space physics.   

Tailor your own Master’s degree! Take a course in Advanced Quantum Mechanics if you are interested in the microphysics governing stellar light. Take a course in Gravitation and Cosmology to really understand general relativity. You will be assigned a mentor helping you to make informed decisions towards your degree and your future career.


Your mathematical competence and analytical problem-solving skills will make you an attractive recruit. Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics.

Programme Structure

The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Astronomy and Space Physics, covers a wide range of topics of physics beyond planet Earth: from the electromagnetic environments of Solar-System planets, exoplanet characterization, stars of all kinds, their atmospheres, winds and evolution, the Milky Way and its origin, to galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. 

Most of the topics taught are specialties of researchers in the Division of Astronomy and Space Physics, with the associated Uppsala branch of the Swedish Institute of Space Research. 

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is 75 credits in physics.

With a Bachelor’s degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may or may not qualify for our Master programme. You must have passed physics courses worth at least 75 credits (out of 180 credits), i.e. 1.25 years of full-time physics courses (out of three years). Before applying, verify that you meet this requirement. 

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Uppsala

  • 8200 - 12300 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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