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PHYSICS IN LUND

Portal for Physics and Astronomy at Lund University

Specialisation: Astronomy and Astrophysics

If you want to understand how the Solar System was created and how the planets were formed, investigate physical processes occurring inside stars, understand how neutron stars and black holes are created or help to map the entire Milky Way, then studying astronomy is something for you!

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and consists of many different fields. As an astronomer, you can choose to look for exoplanets, which are planets that orbit other stars than the Sun, and study prospects for extra-terrestrial life. You can participate in mapping the Milky Way using data from Gaia satellite or analyze the chemical composition of stars using spectroscopy.

You can also choose to study how planets, stars and galaxies form and evolve. Cosmology deals with the largest structures and ask questions about how the universe was created and what will happen in the distant future.

Moreover, as an astronomer, you will have good programming skills. Computer simulations and models are important tools for understanding how large-scale physical processes occur. 

Course of studies

During the first four semesters you will be taking basic courses in physics, mathematics and programming, which will give you a solid base to begin with. 

During the fifth and sixth semester, you specialise in astronomy by taking an introductory course, which can be followed by a variety of elective courses, covering topics such as astrobiology, galaxies and cosmology, stellar atmospheres and radiation processes, and fluid dynamics.

In the sixth semester you will combine courses running at half-time with your diploma work. You will do this together with one of the university's research teams, in the subject area in which you are the most interested. When your diploma work is finished, you receive the Bachelor's degree and are ready to continue studying at advanced level.

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