Astrophysics

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The exceptional atmospheric conditions for top-quality astronomic observation to be found in the Canary Islands, together with its geographic proximity and excellent connections with Europe, justify the presence here of the European Northern Hemisphere Observatory (ENO). This fact, along with the consequent concentration of teachers and researchers around the Canary Island Institute of Astrophysics, the ULL Department of Astrophysics and the Observatories, generates the ideal atmosphere for a Master in Astrophysics in which direct contact with leading professionals represents exceptional value added. The Master has been designed based on an ample and rigorous choice of subjects, options and itineraries that that take the form of three specialities: “Theory and Computing Speciality”, “Observation and Instrumentation Speciality” and “Material Structure”

General information

  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Methodology: Classroom-based
  • Type: Inter-departmental
  • Place:
    • Faculty of Science. Physics Section
  • Academic direction:
  • The objective of this qualification is to train researchers and professionals in the field of Astrophysics with the following profiles: Researcher in theoretical or observational areas in Astrophysics and Material Structure, expert in computing languages and numeric codes and simulations, expert in instrumentation and technology applied to Astrophysics, disseminator of Astrophysics matters
  • Researcher: complete, rigorous and up-to-the-minute training in Astrophysics. Analysis and processing of time series, images and spectra. Develop theoretical models in different contexts. Terrestrial, space and virtual observatories
  • Expert in computing: Programming languages. Numerical codes. IT applications. 3D numerical simulation and experimentation. Visualisation of structures and processes. Dynamic simulation of complex systems. Parallelism. Data bases. Super-computing
  • Virtual observatories
  • Expert in instrumentation and technology: Detection in the visible, infra-red and other spectral ranges. Optical and electronic instrumentation. Spectral study of matter. High-technology project management. Space projects. Instrument software. Scientific specifications. Quality control and monitoring technical requirements
  • Teacher, disseminator: Elaboration of educational units. Scientific dissemination techniques. Scientific journalism
    General skills
    • Know the advanced mathematical and numerical techniques that allow Physics and Astrophysics to be applied to solving complex problems using simple models
    • Understand the technologies associated with observation in Astrophysics and the design of instrumentation
    • Analyse a problem, study the possible solutions published and propose new solutions or lines of attack
    • Assess orders of magnitude and develop a clear perception of physically different situations that show analogies allowing the use of synergies and known solutions for new problems

    Specific skills
    • Understand the basic conceptual schemes of Astrophysics
    • Understand the structure and evolution of the stars
    • Understand the mechanisms of nucleosynthesis
    • Understand the structure and evolution of galaxies
    • Understand the models of the origin and evolution of the Universe
    • Understand the structure of matter to be able to solve problems related to the interaction between matter and radiation in different energy ranges
    • Know how to find solutions to specific astrophysical problems on your own, using specific bibliography with minimum supervision
    • Know how to work independently on new research projects
    • Know how to programme, at least in one important language for scientific calculation in Astrophysics
    • Understand the instrumentation used to observe the universe in the different frequency ranges
    • Use current scientific instrumentation (both Earth-based and Space-based) and have a command of their innovative technologies
    • Know how to use current astrophysical instrumentation (both in terrestrial and space observatories), especially the instrumentation that uses the most innovative technology and know the foundations of the technology used
    • Apply the knowledge acquired to undertake an original research work in Astrophysics

  • Graduates in Physics, but also in Mathematics and Engineering (including Information Technology) from Spanish universities who would like to complete their training with a Master in Astrophysics
  • Active graduates who wish to improve their training or extend their professional profile (e.g.: secondary school teachers)
  • Graduates from Latin American and European universities (and from the rest of the world) who wish to study the entire Master or some practical credits based on co-operation programmes with the ULL
  • Graduates in Physics of any other experimental science, engineers and technical engineers

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