Master of Science


Students in the Astrophysics master’s degree program learn how to approach astrophysical problems and apply research methods to solve these problems, transcending the existing state of knowledge if necessary. Engaging with interdisciplinary questions, students are furthermore enabled to identify cross-disciplinary interrelations, applying research methods and findings in an independent, responsible and self-critical way.

In addition to courses covering the (astro)physical properties of the basic elements forming our universe (stars, interstellar medium, galaxies and cosmology), the degree program includes a lab course with experiments on modern questions of physics. The curriculum is complemented by a large variety of electives that cover the entire range of astrophysical research. The focus of these electives is aligned with the work of University of Bonn and Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy researchers, covering star formation, star development, supernovae, compact objects such as microquasars, neutron stars and pulsars, black holes, interstellar medium, star clusters, galaxies, active galactic cores (such as quasars), galaxy clusters, cosmology, large-scale structure of the universe, gravitational lenses and sky surveys in different frequency ranges (radio/X-ray astronomy and optical astronomy). Through the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School, students can also attend courses at the University of Cologne.

Possible lines of work:

Education and research (e.g. universities, observatories, etc.), service sector, machine and device engineering, microelectronics, energy technology, software development, scientific journalism

Open admission
Master of Science
Single Subject
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

Academic degree (German or foreign) in University degree (German or non-German) in physics or a related disciplinea relevant course of study

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

Atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear and/or elementary particle physics (15 ECTS credits) | Lab courses (15 ECTS credits) | Quantum mechanics and statistical physics (15 ETCS credits) | Basic knowledge in astrophysics equivalent to the “Introduction to Astrophysics” course skill level (4 ECTS credits)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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