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Master of Science in Physics with an Astrophysics Master Certificate (M.Sc.-AMC)

Structure
The Masters degree can be commenced following the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in physics or astrophyics. The four semester Master course which leads to the qualification of "
Master of Science" is divided into two parts. The first two semesters consist of lectures in advanced courses in physics and basic astrophysics. A specialized subject area is chosen. The masters thesis is completed in the last two semesters with accompanying colloquia, tutorials and seminars.
The modular design of the Masters degree course in physics with main focus on astrophysics allows the participants to study with emphasis in either experimental or theoretical topics. The primary goal of this course is to provide an overview into the deeper interconnections in astrophysics in a physical context. The masters degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed. In addition, it enables the student to be admitted to
doctoral studies in physics.

Goals
The primary goals of the course are to impart expertise in current research topics on the basis of a deeper physical understanding. Here research methods, strategic planning, critical evaluation of the scientific results, independence as well as a career relevant qualifications are central. The ability to think astrophysically and to proceed methodically in both theory and practice are developed during the two year course of study. A mixture of lectures, exercises, seminars, colloquia, tutorials, and practicals provides this training. Building on the knowledge gained in the first two semesters, these abilities will be strengthened during the year long research phase of the third and fourth semesters.

Professional qualification
Graduates of the
Master of Science in Physics with main focus on Astrophysics have attained a degree of knowledge in a modern specialized area of physics at the highest international level. Because of the broad range of the course they are able to apply their training to other areas and research topics in their subsequent professional careers. The Masters degree in Physics with main focus on Astrophysics enables the student to work independently as a physicist in research and university teaching, an industrial environment and the service industries. The professional qualification attained is applicable in fundamental physical research, applied research and development in natural science, technical, IT and medical areas as well as modern administration and service businesses.

Requirement for the LMU Astrophysics Master Certificate
27 (9+3*6) CP Astrophysics lectures and 9 (3*3) CP from Astrophysics lab classes (this adds up to the required 36 CP) and a master thesis supervised by one of the Astrophsics professors. For a profound Astrophysics education we recommend further to add with the astrophysical advanced seminar additional 3 CP (this seminar is however only recommended and not required). The certificate is issued by the examination office.


Concise Curriculum:

  •  Essentials of Astrophysics (9 ECTS)
    Principles of radiation and radiative transfer, stellar atmospheres, potential theory,
    stellar astronomy, stellar structure and evolution, stellar remnants, interstellar medium
    and star formation, exoplanets, observational methods and observational instruments .
    Principles of chemical evolution, stellar dynamics, structure and dynamics of galaxies,
    dark matter, active galaxies, super massive black holes, large scale structure,
    groups and clusters of galaxies, cosmology, early universe, galaxy formation.
  •  Astrophysical Laboratories (in total 9 ECTS)
    Interpretation and analysis of absorption and emission line spectra with respect to atmospheres,
    gaseous nebulae, galaxies and quasars, and of photometrical observations with respect to galaxies,
    stars, stellar clusters, and planets.
    Methods of Integration, Matrix-inversion, Ordinary differential equations, N-body simulations,
    Random numbers and Monte Carlo Simulation.
  •  [Astrophysics "Hauptseminar" (3 ECTS)]
    Astrophysical advanced Seminar "Tools in modern Astrophysics"
  •  Three Elective Lectures (each 6 ECTS) of the fields:
    •  Observational Techniques
    •  Interstellar Medium
    •  Radiative Processes
    •  Stellar Structure and Evolution
    •  Star- and Planet Formation
    •  Gravitational Dynamics
    •  Galaxy Evolution
    •  Cosmology
    •  Theoretical or numerical methods of astrophysical topics
    •  Experimental or observational methods of astrophysical topics


Outline of Studies:

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd and 4th Semester

Courses of Astrophysics / Elective Lectures

Preparation for Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis

A: P4

CP

A: P5/P6/P7

CP

A: P8/P9

CP

ELA Astrophysics I L4+SWS 2
        (P4.0.1+P4.0.2)

9

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P4.0.3+P4.0.4)

6

TW research project
preparation phase
 26 weeks work

30

 

 

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P5.2.3+P5.2.4)

6

 

 

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P6.0.3+P6.0.4)

6

 

 

P Laboratory A/B/C SWS 2+2+2
        (P5.2.7+P6.0.7+P7.0.7)

3+3+3
=9

Courses of Physics

A: P10

CP

P: P1/P2/P3

CP

P: P5

CP

TW research project
production phase
 26 weeks work

 

30

 

CLP Advanced Experimental
        Physics (P1) L4+SWS2

9

CLP/S Physics – Qualification II
           (P5.1)
SWS2

3

CLP Advanced Theoretical
        Physics (P2) L4+SWS2

9

 

 

CLP Physics – Qualification I
           (P3)
SWS2

3

 

 

Total Number of CP

30

Total Number of CP

30

Total Number of CP

60

Notation:

 

CLA = Course Lecture Astrophysics   A = Astrophysics

 

ELA = Elective Lecture Astrophysics   P = Physics

 

CLP = Course Lecture Physics   SWS = Number of weekly hours (the unit is 45 min)

 

ELP = Elective Lecture Physics/Mathematics   L = Lecture Duration (the unit is 45 min)

 

E = Exercises   CP = Credit Points based on the ECTS-system

 

P = Practical Work (Laboratory)   TW = Thesis Work

 

S = Seminar        
Last updated January 2016 by A.W.A. Pauldrach uh10107@usm.lmu.de