2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Astrophysics and cosmology

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8018
Degree Programme Class LM-58 - Universe sciences
Years in which the programme is being held 1st and 2nd year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Lauro Moscardini
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

As a general rule, to benefit by a second-cycle Master's degree programme in ASTROPHYSICS and COSMOLOGY an appropriate knowledge of foundations of mathematics, physics and astronomy is required. The curricular requisites follow:
A) Degree in one of the following classes of the Italian University system or a similar qualification gained abroad and recognised as equivalent:
- ex D.M. 270: all Degrees of Class L-30
- ex. D.M. 509/99: all Degrees of class 25 – Physical Science and Technology.
- “Old” four-year system: Degree in ASTRONOMY and PHYSICS.
Failing possession of one of the degrees mentioned above, admission to the Master's degree programme is conditional upon the student possessing the necessary knowledge as ascertained by a special Committee perusing the CV and conducting an interview according to criteria and a procedure set by the Degree Programme Board and posted on the University Portal.
As well as possessing the set curricular requirements, one may only join the Master's degree programme if one can demonstrate enough personal background knowledge. This may be ascertained from examination of one's CV, followed possibly by an interview, the details and procedures of which will be established by the Degree Programme Board and made known via the University Portal.

Programme profile

The specific objective of the second-cycle Master's degree programme in Astrophysics and Cosmology is to provide a solid professional grounding in astronomy, astrophysics and space physics. These fields draw on all the astrophysical information to be had from the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from the radio to the gamma band. Theory is here closely connected with General Relativity, Nuclear Physics and Sub-nuclear Physics. It is also important to get knowledge of the modern observing tools of astronomy and study present-day problem areas of astrophysics. Students will gain enough expertise to go on, if they wish, to a PhD in Astronomy or related subject areas; this is a stepping-stone to fundamental research at the university or a research institute.
By way of completing the learning curriculum, out-of-house activities will be arranged, such as internships with companies, public institutions and laboratories, as well as study opportunities with other Italian and foreign universities as part of international agreements. This experience will likewise help students find their feet at work in industry or the service sector.

More information

The main sectors of Astronomic Research connected to the Degree Programme are: the Stars and The Star Populations, Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, Astronomic Instrumentation, and History of Astronomy.

A number of research groups carry out research on these topics, working closely with various research centres.

For further information visit the web page: http://www.astronomia.unibo.it/Astronomia/Ricerca/Progetti+e+attivita/default.htm

The Degree programme research projects are performed working closely with a number of Institutes in the Bologna area, especially:


INAF-IRA – Istituto di Radioastronomia (Institute of radioastronomy)

INAF-IASF-BO – Istituto di astrofisica spaziale e cosmica (Institute of Space and Cosmic Astrophysics )

The School also works in close collaboration with numerous observatories, radio-observatories and space agencies in Italy and throughout the world, such as the National Telescope GALILEO (situated in the Canary Islands – Spain), the Very Large Binocular Telescope (LBT, in Arizona), the network of radiotelescopes VLBI and the VLA, the ASI (Italian Space Agency). In addition there are a number of agreements with various international research institutes, such as the ESO (the European organisation with telescopes in Chile) and the ESA (European Space Agency).

Expected learning outcomes

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Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

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