Astronomy and Astrophysics

SwB, course package, 60 credits

Astronomy, the study of the celestial bodies, is arguably the oldest of all sciences. But it is also the most modern of all sciences because in order to perform and understand the most recent astrophysical observations we must use the most up-to-date tools in all of modern physics. In this program you will learn the most recent radioastronomical and spectroscopic techniques together with the theoretical tools required to understand stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole.

First semester: September 2015 - December 2015
RRY145 - Stellar physics, 7.5 cr
RRY085 - Plasma physics, 7.5 cr
RRY131 - Radioastronomical techniques and interferometry, 7.5 cr
RRY125 - Modern astrophysics, 7.5 cr

Second semester: January 2016 - June 2016
RRY041 - The interstellar medium and star formation, 7.5 cr
KFK150 - Applied optical spectroscopy, 7.5 cr
FKA175 - Astroparticle physics, 7.5 cr
RRY091 - Galaxies and observational cosmology, 7.5 cr

Entry requirements
Minimum 3½ years and preferably 4 years of studies in a BSc degree programme in Brazil.
Major in Physics, Engineering Physics, Chem. Engineering with Physics, Electrical Engineering or Engineering Mathematics.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 30 cr. (e.g. Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis, Fourier analysis), Mechanics, Elementary Electromagnetism.

English requirements

The most common and important scores that are accepted for studies at Chalmers are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

The above tests and test scores are minimum requirements, no exemptions will be granted by Chalmers.
The Institutional TOEFL-test (ITP) score is not valid for academic purposes at Chalmers.

Application (for entry academic year 2015/16)
Credits: 60 cr
Duration: 10 months or 2 semesters
Start of first semester: Early September 2015
End of second semester: Early June 2016
Rate of study: 100% (full-time studies at Chalmers is equivalent to 4 courses or 30 credits per semester)
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK
Application period: 
10 February: Application period opens on
20 February: Application deadline
25 February: Deadline for University Admissions to receive documents to complete the electronic admission application (transcript in Portuguese, official translation of transcript in English, copy of English test results)
18 March: Notification of selection results published on your personal profile on
Application instructions in detail (external link on 
Questions regarding application and admission: Chalmers’ Admissions,
Specific questions about course content: Cathy Horellou,
Other questions: Student Exchange,

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012. Modified: Mon 02 Mar 2015