Master in cosmology and astrophysics of particles

This master combines two of the most fascinating branches of Modern Physics: Cosmology and Astroparticles. The aim of these two fields is to understand our universe:

  • What are its building blocks?
  • How was it born?
  • What are the laws governing its evolution?
  • What is the mechanism of inflation, what is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?

One particularly powerful way of exploring our universe to answer these questions is by means of new messengers, from gravitational waves to astroparticles. These messengers allow exploration of the most powerful objects in our universe, black holes and collapsed stars. These sources are laboratories for high-energy astrophysics and gravitation in extreme conditions. This master will provide the skills to students to understand fundamental challenges in Cosmology, as well as providing instruments to deal with them.

2 years (4 semesters)
60 ECTS for courses + 60 ECTS for thesis


Deadline: 30 April 2021
(28 February 2021 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)

The master provides a complete set of courses in theory and experimental physics and astrophysics. Experimental activities include a set of experiments performed in ground and space:

  • In space: DAMPE and HERD on cosmic rays, dark matter, astrophysical sources; EUCLID, exploring the large scale structure of the universe; POLAR.
  • From ground: The Cherenkov Telescope Array and LHAASO, the future generation of observatories of gamma-ray sources and dark matter; IceCube, a neutrino telescope at the South Pole, the radio telescopes HIRAX and the SKA mapping the distribution of hydrogen...

The list of courses at the core of this master’s program can be found HERE.

All members of our group will be happy to help master’s students in their search for a degree topic, and supervise them during the master’s project:

Camille Bonvin: Cosmology
Ruth Durrer: Cosmology, General Relativity
Martin Kunz: Cosmology (including simulations and data analysis)
Giuseppe Iacobucci: Experimental Particle Physics
Lucas Lombriser: Cosmology
Michele Maggiore: Cosmology and gravitational waves
Teresa Montaruli: Experimental astroparticle physics (IceCube, CTA, LHAASO)

Antonio  Riotto : Cosmology and astroparticle physics
Xin Wu: DAMPE, HERD Experiments
Francesco Riva: Theoretical Particle Physics, Dark Matter and Early Universe

Contact details can be found here (DPT) or here (DPNC).