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Master programme Astronomy

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

In the master programme Astronomy specialist knowledge in extragalactics, dynamics of planets and stellar astronomy is intensified and enhanced. Students will learn to deal with technically sophisticated measurement and observation devices and modern astronomical giant equipment. The focus is on analysis, modelling and interpretation of complex systems. Students will gain the ability to use specialist literature in a scientifically adequate way and to carry out independent research-related astronomical projects.

Higher education institution:
Universität Wien
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences
Degree programme:
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

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Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2015/16, Stk. 44 (Nr. 304)

Definition of the field of studies

The subject Astronomy deals with the science of the universe, the celestial bodies (planets, stars, galaxies) and the outer space. The teaching of methodological and theoretical knowledge of astronomy and computer skills are central aspects.


In the master programme Astronomy the compulsory modules cosmology and extragalactic astronomy, stars and planets, Milky Way and interstellar medium, methods and instruments of astronomy, classical astronomy as well as celestial mechanics and history of astronomy are offered. Two of these modules can be studied in a more intensive way as astronomical elective groups of modules. This serves to prepare students for the master thesis and to set the focus for this thesis. The first compulsory module can either be Astrophysics II or Astronomical Instruments II, as the second compulsory module students can choose either a practical training in observation-oriented astronomy or a practical training in numerical astronomy. Eventually students can choose elective modules from natural sciences subjects such as biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics or physics. To complete the master programme in Astronomy an independent scientific paper dealing with a current research topic is to be written.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations