DURATION OF STUDIES
2 years (4 semesters)
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
A Bachelor in Physics, or an equivalent degree.
THE MASTER IN ASTROPHYSICS
provides advanced training in astrophysics with an emphasis on exo-planetology, stellar and extra-galactic physics, ground- and space-based instrumentation, and concepts and tools of modern data science. It includes common courses and a specialisation in one of the above domains. The programme and dissertation work take place in a renowned research institute (the Department of Astronomy 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 programme, students acquire both a solid foundation in modern astrophysics and expertise in their field of specialisation. The programme leads to careers in areas such as research, teaching and industry, and develops valuable skills for future.
- From stars to the Universe
- Instrumentation and data analysis
4 semesters (max. 8 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Specialisation courses and electives, seminars, course work (60 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Origin, evolution and characterisation of planets in the solar system and beyond. Since the discovery of exo-planets by the UNIGE back in 1995, planetology now not only focuses on discovery, but on the physical and chemical characterisation of these new worlds. In this context the activities of PlanetS concern three main themes: the origin, evolution, and characterization of planets and planetary systems as a whole. Ultimately, PlanetS lays the foundations of a Swiss Institute of Planetary Sciences that will carry on these activities beyond the lifetime of the National Centre of Competence in Research.
LEVEL OF FRENCH REQUIRED BY UNIGE
No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones.
Students may conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master's degree.
The Master in Astrophysics leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, including:
- Data Science
- International organisations (ESA, ESO)
- Communication and science outreach
500 CHF / semester (~530 €, ~580 $US)
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Deadline for candidates that hold a foreign bachelor's degree: 28 February 2024
(30 April 2024 for candidates that hold a Swiss bachelor's degree at the start of the next academic year AND, according to their nationality, are not subject to a visa for entry into Switzerland for more than 90 days, according to Swiss government requirements and regardless of their current place of residence, or for candidates holding a Swiss residence permit that is valid beyond 30 April.)
EXCELLENCE MASTER FELLOWSHIPS
The Faculty of Science, with the support of external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship program open to outstanding and highly motivated students who wish to pursue a Master of Science degree in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Candidate selection is based on excellence.
Deadline for applications : February 28, 2024