Structure

Specialties

The Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology Master Degree offers two specialisations:

  • Astrophysics and Space Sciences 

  • Particle Physics and Gravitation

Astrophysics and Space Sciences focuses on the study of the macrocosmos, i.e., in the various astronomical objects and their associated physics, whereas Particle Physics and Gravitation centres on the microcosmos, i.e., on the structure of matter and their fundamental interactions. This notwithstanding, it is possible to design an interdisciplinary course by selecting subjects of both specialties, or of other masters.

To obtain the Astrophysics and Space Sciences specialty it is mandatory to have passed the subject Galactic and Stellar Astrophysics, whereas to obtain the Particle Physics and Gravitation specialty it is necessary to have passed the subject High Energy Physics.

This Master is designed primarily for physics graduates who have already completed subjects in the specific areas covered by the Master's degree. Students graduted in other scientific areas may be asked by the Coordinating Committee of the Master to enroll in extra courses (Formative Complements) up to a maximum of 60 extra ECTS in accordance with their training.

Content

The standard master program consists of 60 ECTS distributed in the following way:

  • 12 ECTS in two semestral mandatory Master subjects (Advanced Cosmology and Mathematical and Statistical Techniques).

  • 12 ECTS in semestral mandatory speciality subjects

  • 12 ECTS in semestral elective subjects

  • 24 ECTS in a Final Master Project that must be carried out in the second half of the master

The latter is an introductory research project and lasts one semester.

Calendar

The master program lasts for one year and the subjects are offered in semesters that run from September to January and from February to June. The course opening day in each semestre is duly announced in the home page.

Courses will be taught (but for some exeptions) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, during 12 weeks each semester. Part of some course may eventually be taught by a guest lecturer, which might cause some rearranging of the corresponding schedule.

Language

The lectures of the master program are all given in English

The lectures of the Formative Complements are given in Catalan or Spanish, but the bibliography and courses' notes are written in English. 

The University of Barcelona provides some free facilities for non-Catalan speaking students, which may be of your interest. More information here.