Lund Observatory

department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Postgraduate studies

Lund Observatory offers a postgraduate programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics, equivalent to four years of full-time studies (240 credits or ECTS). The programme consists of courses (60 credits) and thesis work (equivalent to 180 credits). The thesis work could be in any of the research areas currently represented at the Observatory (see the research pages for more information). After having successfully completed the programme the student receives the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Lund University.

Postgraduate studies are a vital part of the Department's research activities. The PhD students work in close collaboration with their supervisors and colleagues in small research groups, which very often are parts of much larger international collaborations. Travels to conferences and visits to other institutes or observatories are natural ingredients of the education. Many of our postgraduate students continue their academic careers, after completing their PhDs, as postdocs at astronomical institutes abroad.


Briefly, to be eligible for PhD studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics the student should either have a degree at advanced (MSc) level, or four years (240 credits) of university studies including one year at advanced level, or the corresponding knowledge gained within or outside Sweden. The studies should include physics, mathematics, and/or the corresponding technical subjects as essential ingredients, as well as a degree project of at least 30 credits.


Admission to PhD studies furthermore requires that adequate financing exists for the student's salary (or similar) during the whole four-year period. Normally PhD positions are financed directly by the Department or by an external grant to the Department, e.g., from EU's Marie Curie programme or a Swedish funding agency. Once a student has been admitted to PhD studies, he or she receives a monthly scholarship or salary that is usually more than sufficient to cover the living expenses in Lund. PhD positions are only advertised when the relevant funding is available within the Department.

Openings for PhD studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics are advertised on the Lund Observatory web page. Typically about two such positions are advertised each year. There are no fixed dates at which the advertisements are posted, but it will always be at least three weeks before the deadline for applications.

More information

For additional information about postgraduate studies in Astronomy and astrophysics, please contact:

  • Thomas Bensby, coordinator of PhD studies in Astronomy and astrophysics

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