Overview

Overview

The Masters degree can be commenced following the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in physics or astrophyics. 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.

Goals
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.

Program Structure

Schedule of Studies / Übersichtsplan

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd and 4th Semester
Courses of the Astrophysics Modules Preparation for Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
AM: P1 CP AM: P4 CP AM: P5 CP
CLA Astrophysics L4+SWS 2 9 ELA  Astrophysics   L2 + SWS 2 6 ELA  Astrophysics L2+SWS 2 6
AM: P2 CP ELA  Astrophysics   L2 + SWS 2 6 AM: WP3…WP8 CP
P/E   Laboratory I SWS 6 9 ELA  Astrophysics   L2 + SWS 2 6 Attendant research seminar
SWS 2+2
Preparation project for TW
SWS 4+4

3

9

CLA Astrophysics  L2+ SWS 2 6 AM: WP1 or WP2 CP  
    P/E   Laboratory II SWS 6 9  
    S   Advanced Seminar  SWS 2+2 3 AM: WP9…WP14 CP
Supplement Courses / Elective Lectures Methods and tools tutorial
SWS 4+4
9
PM: P3 CP     AM: P6 CP
ELP/P/S Modern Physics
      (P4/ P5/P6/P7) L2+SWS 2
6    

TW research project
 26 weeks work

 

Attendant research seminar
SWS 2+2

30

 

 

 

3

Total Number of CP 30 Total Number of CP 30 Total Number of CP 60

Courses of P1: Basic Astrophysics I  Notes of astrophysics Modules in Semesters 1,2, and 3:

1st Semester CP 
CLA  Astrophysics (Matter, Radiation, Hydrodynamics, Plasma, Stars, Planets,
                             ISM, Star Formation, Galaxies, Cosmology, Dark Matter) L4
E      Exercises SWS 2
9
 Total Number of CP 9

Courses of P2: Tools of advanced Astrophysics

1st Semester CP
P/E   Astrophysical laboratory with exercises SWS 6 9
CLA  Lecture group (Statistics, or applied Quantum Mechanics,
                              or Hydrodynamics, or Plasma Physics, or Observational Methods) L2
E/S   Exercises/Seminar SWS 2
6
Total Number of CP 15

Courses of P4: Advanced Astrophysics I

2nd Semester CP
ELA  Lecture group 2) L2
E/S   Exercises/Seminar SWS 2
6
ELA  Lecture group 2) L2
E/S   Exercises/Seminar SWS 2
6
ELA  Lecture group 2) L2
E/S   Exercises/Seminar SWS 2
6
Total Number of CP 18

Courses of P5: Advanced Astrophysics II

3rd Semester CP
ELA  Lecture group 2) L2
E/S   Exercises/Seminar SWS 2
6
  Total Number of CP 6

Courses of WP1: Theoretical Astrophysics

2nd Semester CP
P/E   Numerical laboratory with exercises SWS 6 9
S      Advanced Seminar with colloquium (theoretically and numerically oriented) SWS 2+SWS 2 3
 Total Number of CP 12

Courses of WP2: Experimental Astrophysics

2nd Semester CP
P/E  Instrumental laboratory with exercises SWS 5
P     Field Studies II / Wendelstein Observatory SWS 1
9
S    Advanced Seminar with colloquium (experimentally and observationally oriented) SWS 2+SWS 2 3
Total Number of CP 12

Entry Requirement

1. Qualified Bachelor Degree in Physics or Astrophysics
    (equivalent to 6 semesters study of physics or astrophysics)
2. Proficiency in English Language


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