Structure

Specialties

The Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology master has two mandatory subjects, Cosmology and Mathematical and Statistical Techniques, and it consists of two specialties:

  • 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 typically designed 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 study extra courses (Formative Complements) up to a maximum of 60 extra ECTS according to their previous knowledge.

Content

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

  • 12 ECTS in mandatory Master subjects which last one semester 

  • 12 ECTS in mandatory specialty subjects which last one semester 

  • 12 ECTS in optional subjects which last one semester 

  • 24 ECTS in an End of Master Project 

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 an invited teacher, which might cause some rearranging of the corresponding schedule.

Language

The lectures of the master program are given in English, unless all students understand Catalan or Spanish, this being the only case in which subjects can be taught in these two languages. 

The lectures of the Formative Complements are given in Catalan or Spanish, and are only occasionally taught in English. 

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