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Master of Science in Astrophysics /
Master of Science in Astrophysik (M.Sc.)

Curriculum for the Master of Science Program in Astrophysics
at the Faculty for Physics of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

Prerequisites for Students
1. Qualified Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Astrophysics
(equivalent to 6 semesters study of physics or astrophysics)
2. Proficiency in English Language
Start Winter Term or Summer Term
Duration 4 semesters including a master thesis implemented during the last two semesters
Total number of weekly hours (SWS) 1st Year: 22 SWS [(22+22)/2],
2nd Year: 22 SWS [(22 [ = 26 weeks work]+22)/2]
Credits The Degree “Master of Science in Astrophysics” comprises 120 ECTS-Credits

Schedule of Studies / Übersichtsplan:

1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd and 4th Semester
Courses of the Astrophysics Modules Preparation for Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
AM: P1 CP AM: P4 CP AM: P5 CP
CLA Astrophysics L4 + SWS 2 9 ELA Astrophysics L2 + SWS 2 6 ELA Astrophysics L2 + SWS 2 6
AM: P2 CP ELA Astrophysics L2 + SWS 2 6 AM: WP3 . . . WP8 CP
P/E Laboratory I SWS 6 9 ELA Astrophysics L2 + SWS 2 6 Attendant research seminar
SWS 2+2

Preparation project for TW
SWS 4+4
3


9

CLA Astrophysics L2 + SWS 2 6 AM: WP1 or WP2 CP
  P/E Laboratory II SWS 6 9
S Advanced Seminar SWS 2+2 3 AM: WP9 . . . WP14 CP
Supplementary Courses / Elective Lectures Methods and tools tutorial
SWS 4+4
9
PM: P3 CP   AM: P6 CP
ELP/P/S Modern Physics
(P4/P5/P6/P7) L2 + SWS 2
6 TW research project
26 weeks work

Attendant research seminar
SWS 2+2
30


3
Total number of CP: 30 Total number of CP: 30 Total number of CP: 60

Notation:

CLA = Course Lecture Astrophysics AM = Module of Astrophysics
ELA = Elective Lecture Astrophysics PM = Module of Physics
ELP = Elective Lecture Physics/Mathematics SWS = Number of weekly hours (the unit is 45 min)
S = Seminar 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

Notes on astrophysics Modules in Semesters 1, 2, and 3:

Courses of P1: Basic Astrophysics I
1st Semester CP
CLA Astrophysics (Matter, Radiation, Hydrodynamics, Plasma, Stars, Planets, ISM, Star Formation, Galaxies, Cosmology, Dark Matter) L 4 9
E Exercises SWS 2
Total number of CP: 9
Courses of P2: Tools of advanced Astrophysics
1st Semester CP
P/E Astrophysical laboratory with exercises SWS 6 9
CLA Lecture group (Statistics, or applied Quantum Mechanics, or Hydrodynamics, or Plasma Physics, or Observational Methods) L 2 6
E/S Exercises / Seminar SWS 2
Total number of CP: 15
Courses of P4: Advanced Astrophysics I
2nd Semester CP
ELA Lecture group 2) L 2 6
E/S Exercises / Seminar SWS 2
ELA Lecture group 2) L 2 6
E/S Exercises / Seminar SWS 2
ELA Lecture group 2) L 2 6
E/S Exercises / Seminar SWS 2
Total number of CP: 18
Courses of P5: Advanced Astrophysics II
3rd Semester CP
ELA Lecture group 2) L 2 6
E/S Exercises / Seminar SWS 2
Total number of CP: 6
Remarks: 2) Subject area of the lecture group: Planets, stars and star formation /
Radiative Processes, Interstellar Medium and atmospheres /
Structure and evolution of galaxies / Cosmology and large scale structures /
Theoretical and numerical methods of astrophysics /
Experimental and observational methods of astrophysics
Courses of WP1: Theoretical Astrophysics
2nd Semester CP
P/E Numerical laboratory with exercises SWS 6 9
S Advanced Seminar with colloquium (theoretically and numerically oriented) SWS 2 + SWS 2 3
Total number of CP: 12
Courses of WP2: Experimental Astrophysics
2nd Semester CP
P/E Instrumental laboratory with exercises SWS 5 9
P Field Study / Wendelstein Observatory SWS 1
S Advanced Seminar with colloquium (experimentally and observationally oriented) SWS 2 + SWS 2 3
Total number of CP: 12

Overview of the final grades:

(for an obligatory documentation see: Study and examination regulations).

Kind Duration Credits
(CP)
gf Weighted individual grades
1.0 . . . 4.0 × (gf / total gf)
individual 1st year individual 60 4) 20 1.0 . . . 4.0 × 0.40 = 0.40 . . . 1.60
individual 2nd year individual 30 4) 10 1.0 . . . 4.0 × 0.20 = 0.20 . . . 0.80
TW refereed 30 20 1.0 . . . 4.0 × 0.40 = 0.40 . . . 1.60
Total number of CP, total gf 5) 120 50
Final grade = sum of weighted individual grades 1.0 . . . 4.0
Remarks: 4) Individual examinations to each course are held by the professor delivering the course.
5) gf = Grade Factors

Individual grades:

International A+ A A− B+ B B− C+ C C− D+ D D− E FX F
German (0.7) 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.0 2.3 2.7 3.0 3.3 3.7 4.0 (4.3) (4.7) 5.0 (6.0)
Remarks: Grades in parentheses are not admissible ratings at the LMU (see: Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science program in Astrophysics).
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