Master's Degree Programme in Astronomy and Space Physics

Learning outcomes

International Master's Degree Program is designed to give students a broad overview of modern astrophysics and space physics. The program offers three specializations: space physics, theoretical astrophysics, and observational astrophysics. Students may choose the courses rather freely, but each course in the curriculum is suggested for one to three specializations. Students specializing in space physics will acquire the knowledge of plasma physics and its various applications to the phenomena from the Solar system to relativistic jets in active galaxies (therefore, the introductory course in plasma physics is strongly recommended). Students can also be involved in the development of the space instrumentation. The program in theoretical astrophysics aims at giving the students skills in modelling various astrophysical phenomena. Students specializing in observational astrophysics will obtain hand-on experience in observational techniques and data analysis at different wavelengths. Students will also learn programming, numerical and statistical methods, obtain basic knowledge of astrophysical spectroscopy, radiative processes and hydrodynamics, and study stellar physics, high-energy astrophysics, galaxies and cosmology. The best graduates of the program will be able to continue with further studies aiming at the doctoral degree.


In the Master's Degree programme in Astronomy and Space Physics a student can specialize in either to space physics, theoretical astrophysics or observational astrophysics. The courses which are recommended to different specializations are listed in the table attached to the description of the degree programme.

The major subject of the degree is astronomy. However, if a student has specialized and written a thesis in space physics, the major subject is physics.

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Master's Degree Programme in Astronomy and Space Physics

Obligatory courses 37 ECTS
TÄHT7025 Master's thesis, Astronomy, 35 ECTS
FFYS7037 Master's Thesis, Physics, 35 ECTS
TÄHT7014 Seminar in Astronomy, 2 ECTS
FFYS7053 Seminar in Physics, 2 ECTS
Obligatory Studies I 30 ECTS
A student has to pass at least 30 ECTS from the following set.
Obligatory Studies II 25 ECTS
A student has to pass at least 25 ECTS from the following set.
TÄHT7032 Active galactic nuclei, 6 ECTS
TÄHT7001 Astroparticle Physics, 5 ECTS
TFYS7006 Cosmology, 8 ECTS
TÄHT7034 Galactic astronomy, 5 ECTS
TÄHT7035 Galaxies and cosmology, 8 ECTS
FFYS7054 Heliophysics, 6 ECTS
TÄHT7036 High-energy astrophysics, 8 ECTS
FFYS7060 Space Technology, 6 ECTS
TÄHT7026 Special course in Astronomy, 2–6 ECTS
FFYS7051 Special course in Space physics, 2–6 ECTS
Other studies 0–23 ECTS
The other courses can be selected from the list below or other courses in astronomy, physics, theoretical physics, mathematics, information technology, statistics.
FFYS7039 Topical project in Research, 3–9 ECTS
FFYS7040 Internship, 0–6 ECTS
Additional studies
If a student lacks background studies, these courses can be taken as bridging studies. The courses can be included to the degree.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Physics Education Track
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Theoretical Physics
Finnish Study Modules