DURATION OF STUDIES
2 years (4 semesters)
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
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 specialization. The programme leads to careers in areas such as research, teaching and industry, and develops skills that are very valued for Data Scientists.
- 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 characterization 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.
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 : March 15, 2019
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 (~430 €, ~530 $US)
Rate of the day
Deadline: 30 April 2019* (28 February 2019 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations)
*Candidates who hold a Swiss Bachelor or equivalent degree and have not been able to meet this deadline may contact the Faculty's academic advisor and the person in charge of the Master's programme to find out if it is possible to join the course.