Lund Observatory

department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

The research project

The project

The research project is carried out during the last three terms in parallel with taking courses. The long time-span of the project gives you time to better understand the problem at hand and to develop relevant methods to solve the problem together with your supervisor. In addition to the actual science work training will be given in verbal and written presentation and there will be a seminar covering careers in astrophysics and beyond.

Time plan

The available projects will all be presented at the beginning of the first semester of the master programme. You will then get to think about which project you would like to carry out during the rest of the semester, until you choose a project at the end of the first semester. This gives you time to talk to potential supervisors before you make your choice and also to adapt your choice of courses to the subject of your research project. If there is more than one student who wish to carry out the same project the master's programme coordinator will decide upon which student who gets to carry out which project in discussion with the students and supervisors.


During the first half of the second semester there will be a series of seminars on the subject of astronomical resources. These will treat the subjects of:

  • how to search for information in libraries and in scientific journals
  • how to publish your scientific results
  • how to write applications for observing time, funding for scientific projects etc.


During the project work each master student will give two presentations to describe their project and their results. They will be given at the start and end of the third semester respectively. The research project is finished with a written report and seminar outlining the problem, what you have done to solve it and your results.

During the last semester of the programme we will also arrange a seminar where you as a student get to meet previous master students who will tell you about their experiences when it comes to finding a job after having attained their master degree, both in industry and in the scientific community.

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