Education, Courses

Master in Astrophysics


The Master in Astrophysics is a two-year master’s program to get access to cutting edge research in modern astrophysics. It provides advanced training in astrophysics with an emphasis on exoplanetology, stellar and extragalactic physics, ground- and space-based instrumentation, and concepts and tools of modern data science. It includes common courses and a specialization in one of the three above domains. The program and dissertation work take place in a renowned research institute (the Astronomy Department of the University, also known as the "Geneva Observatory"), offering direct contacts with the local research groups and with international collaborations which use and contribute to state-of-the-art facilities of the field (ESO, ESA, NASA, and others). Through the program, students acquire both a solid foundation in modern astrophysics and expertise in their field of specialization. The program leads to careers in areas such as research, teaching and industry, and develops skills that are very valued for Data scientists.


Why Geneva Observatory

The department of Astronomy of the Geneva university has a strong international reputation and is widely known to turn out doctoral students of the highest quality. Students are trained by world-renowned astronomers and they can expect research at the cutting edge of modern astrophysics as an integral part of the master’s program. Students actively participate in current research within the institute and are individually supervised by an international scientific staff. Students with a Geneva degree in Astrophysics become strong communicators and collaborators and can easily operate in an international setting. You will acquire extensive astronomical research experience and highly advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. Geneva Observatory is also part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS devoted to study of the origin, evolution, and characterization of planets and planetary systems.


About the Programme

The master’s program in Astrophysics is a 2-years research- and technique oriented Master with the following structure:

- Semester 1 (30 ECTS): Mandatory and Elective courses common to all specializations

- Semester 2 (30 ECTS): Courses from one specialization among:

- Exoplanetology
- From stars to the Universe
- Instrumentation and data analysis

- Semesters 3 & 4 (60 ECTS): Major research project + Astrophysics Seminars


Career prospects

The Master in Astrophysics leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, including:

  • Research      
  • Data Science
  • International organisations (ESA, ESO)
  • Industry / Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Communication and science outreach


Admission and Application

 The condition for admission is a Bachelor in physics or an equivalent degree. 

Outstanding and highly motivated students are welcome to apply to the Excellence Fellowship program which consists of a grant amounting to CHF 10'000/year.

The deadline for application is February 28 for candidates who, according to their nationality, are subject to a visa for entry into Switzerland of more than 90 days, according to the requirements of the Confederation. For other students, the deadline for application is April 30.

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For more information and questions about entry requirements, admissions procedures, instutition fees and scholarships, please contact:

Director of the Master program: Daniel Schaerer 

Daniel.Schaerer(at) /  Phone +41(0)22 379 24 54

Program coordinator: François Bouchy 

Francois.Bouchy(at)  / Phone +41(0)22 379 24 60

Program secretary: Chantal Tacoy 

Chantal.Tacoy(at)  / Phone +41(0)22 379 2392

Observatoire de Genève
Université de Genève       
51, Ch. des Maillettes     
CH-1290 Versoix