2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
28 August 2023
Chalmers University of Technology

About this program

Physics: Astronomy

Explore the furthest reaches of the universe and immerse yourself in the study of exoplanets, star formation, radio astronomy and much more. With access to world-class facilities including Onsala Space observatory, the Astronomy profile within Physics is the perfect choice if you want to operate at the forefront of modern astrophysics. This master's programme will give you extensive skills and knowledge, preparing you to take on exciting, demanding and diverse challenges.

This master's programme is intended for those with a strong interest in theoretical, computational, and experimental aspects of physics and astronomy. We have a broad range of courses, and several possible profiles are offered to tailor your studies closely to your specific interests.

In the Astronomy profile, you will focus closely on modern astrophysics, as well as subjects such as galaxies and observational cosmology, exoplanets and radio astronomy. You will benefit from access to world-class facilities and be surrounded by globally leading experts, including operations at our very own Onsala space observatory south of Gothenburg. With this profile, you can study the following courses in particular:

  • Modern astrophysics
  • Stellar physics
  • Interstellar medium and star formation
  • Galaxies and observational cosmology
  • Exoplanets
  • Radio astronomy

Admission requirements

To fulfil the general entry requirement for a Master's programme at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor degree (minimum 3years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.

  • All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website universityadmissions.se.
  • If an applicant is also holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be as to fulfil specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fullfill the general entry requirement on it's own.

English language requirement

The requirement is English proficiency equivalent to or above the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6. You can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary education or previous university studies in some countries can also fulfil the requirement.

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Program content

In the programme as a whole, you will learn to identify and explain general aspects of physics that are integral to applications in engineering and natural sciences. Furthermore, you will identify relevant theoretical, computational, and experimental methods and apply these to problem-solving across a wide range of fields.

The core courses of the programme focus on giving you a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of physics, thereby preparing you for a future driven by knowledge and technology.

Wider topics range from the subatomic to cosmological scale, covering complex phenomena relevant in fields such as quantum technology, nanomaterials, and living matter. The programme encourages creative thinking, critical evaluation, and engineering skills grounded in the fundamental principles of the physical world.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Some of these are administrated by Chalmers and others by external institutions. Additional scholarships may be appended to the list and applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.

Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: 160 000 SEK/academic year

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


Credits: 120

Career paths

You will graduate with expertise in problem-solving and in advanced experimental and theoretical techniques, making you highly attractive to national and international employers in the private and public sectors alike. The programme is an excellent preparation for all manner of diverse careers in fields that benefit from quantitative and analytical thinking – industrial research, consulting, teaching, research and more. Further studies and a career in academia is also another route that you will be well placed to follow.

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Chalmers University of Technology

Providing a comprehensive education in science, engineering, technology and architecture, Chalmers University of Technology is one of Scandinavia’s most respected universities, and consistently ranks highly among the world’s best. Chalmers is a household name in Sweden, regarded as the most...

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Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmersplatsen 4
412 96 Gothenburg

Phone no: +46 31 772 1000
Fax +46 31 772 3872
Chalmers University of Technology

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