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Education in astronomy and astrophysics

The Division of Astrophysics is, as of January 2023, a part of the Department of Physics and the astronomy education is now one of the many specializations they offer.

Bachelor programme

Once you decide to join us, to study astronomy and hopefully pursue a career as an astronomer, you start by enrolling to the Bachelor programme in astronomy and astrophysics. After three years of studies you will have gained the tools that you need to understand both physics and astronomy, and you will be rewarded with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Master programme

If you have already received (or are about to receive) your Bachelor degree, you can apply for entry into our Master programme in astrophysics. The Master programme takes two years and includes both courses and thesis work. With a Master of Science degree from Lund University you are fully qualified and ready to apply for a PhD position either here or at other institutions.

Simulated image of Earth as seen from space.

Postgraduate studies

The Division of Astrophysics 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. After having successfully completed the programme the student receives the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Lund University.

Lund Observatory building. Photo: Florent Renaud
Lund Observatory at dawn. Photo: Florent Renaud.