Study Recommendation for the Focus
Astronomy/Astrophysics (M.Sc. Physics)

Recommended during the B.Sc. studies prior to the M.Sc. phase:

5th term – Introduction to Astronomy
6th term – B.Sc. thesis in Astronomy/Astrophysics

Recommended at the beginning of the M.Sc. studies:

Taking one of the two specializations:

  • Observational/Experimental Astronomy/Astrophysics (Prof. Neuhäuser)
  • Theoretical Astronomy/Astrophysics (Prof. Krivov)
     

Recommended Plan of Study

Term Both specializations Observational Astrophysics (OA) Theoretical Astrophysics (TA)
1st winter term
(1st or 2nd M.Sc. term)
Physics of Stars (8) Observing Techniques (6)
Propedeutic Seminar OA** (4)
Celestial Mechanics (6)
1st summer term
(2nd or 1st M.Sc. term)
Physics of Planetary Systems (8)
Astronomical Practical Course (6)
  Propedeutic Seminar TA** (4)
3rd term Introduction to Research Work* (15)
Project planning* (15)
Specialization OA
Seminar Observations or Terra-Astronomy
Specialization TA
Seminar Dust, Small Bodies, and Planets
4th term M.Sc. Thesis* (30) Specialization OA
Seminar Observations or Terra-Astronomy
Specialization TA
Seminar Dust, Small Bodies, and Planets
The lecture and seminar courses during the first two terms are offered each year (credit points in parentheses).
The lecture and seminar courses marked with * are mandatory and must be attended.
Of the two seminars marked with **, one must be attended.
 

Lectures for Specialization

  • English for Scientists (w/o credit points),
  • Extragalactic Astronomy (6),
  • Cosmology (6),
  • Laboratory Astrophysics (6),
  • Neutron Stars (6),
  • Radioastronomy (6),
  • Sun und Sun-like Stars (6),
  • Solar System (6),
  • Spectroscopy (6),
  • Terra-Astronomy (6)
As a rule, these lectures are offered either annually or bi-annually
The teaching and research staff of the AIU will be happy to give individual advice about which courses are useful for your Master’s thesis.

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