Deadline: 30 November 2011
Open to: Students of all nationalities who hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics and have a good and certified knowledge of the English language.
Scholarship: The fellowships cover tuition fees and student housing at the different sites for the whole duration of 2 years.
AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (120 ECTS) in Astronomy and Astrophysics offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in 4 different countries: Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia (University of Innsbruck, Austria; University of Padova, and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy; University of Göttingen, Germany; University of Belgrade, Serbia).
The main objective is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, they promote cultural exchanges between Third Country and European students and academics. AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of these countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.
AstroMundus offers an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics, as insured by the wide variety of expertise in the field covered by this international partnership. The main topics covered by the Master programme are:
- Galactic Astrophysics (the Sun and the Solar system, the Milky Way, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium)
- Extrasolar planets
- Extragalactic Astrophysics (galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, intra-cluster medium, star formation)
- Active Galactic Nuclei (including accretion theory, relativistic jets, modelling)
- Cosmology (including observational cosmology, galaxy surveys, gravitational lensing, very early universe)
- Particle Cosmology
- Astroparticle Physics
- Gravitational waves
- Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space
- Computational astrophysics (N-body simulations, magneto-hydrodynamic simulations)
Courses will be taught in English. Intensive tutoring of Master students will be assured during the whole course of their Master studies. Also, English will be the language of choice for tutoring and examinations. However, students will have access to language courses within each of the partner Universities.
The “Astrophysics” Erasmus Mundus Masters Course is open to students of all nationalities that fulfill these minimum requirements:
- Hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics (or a certified equivalent amount of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of previous studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) or expect to obtain it latest by August of the starting year of the Masters Course (i.e. by August 2010 for the course starting in September 2010);
- Have a good and certified knowledge of the English language (the certification is not necessary for native speakers). Check the list of accepted tests and scores.
A number of fellowships are available: 32,000 € for non-European students and 12,000 € for students from EU, Iceland, Noway, and Liechtenstein. The fellowships cover the whole duration of 2 years. Students who have been selected for a fellowsh do not have to pay tuition fees. Student housing at the different sites will be organised.
You can apply by filling in the following online application form: