Master's degree programme in Astronomy and Space Physics
The Master's Degree Programme in Astronomy and Space Physics consists of two years of full-time study. Approximately 3/4 of the time is spent on coursework and about 1/4 of the time is devoted to a research project and writing a thesis, on a topic within the fields studied at the department. Master's projects and theses are supervised by a senior member of the research staff.

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or its equivalent, is required to enter the programme, as well as demonstrated English language proficiency, and certified documentation of the applicant's degree and coursework.

The Master's consists of 120 "credit points" (ECTS - European Credit Transfer System), with approximately 50 points in major studies, 40 points covering the Master's thesis and training, and the remaining 30 points from other supporting studies. Courses for the major component cover a wide range of astronomy, astrophysics and space physics. A number of options are available for the minor studies, including a wide selection of physics, mathematics and information technology courses taught in English.

Each of our MSc students is assigned a local student tutor. A tutor is a fellow student interested in meeting people from around the world and willing to help out with different practical matters, such as meeting the new student on arrival, picking up keys from Student accommodation. The Student Village Foundation (TYS) is able to provide reasonably priced accommodation which can be applied for in advance through their website (at least 3 months before the need).

An orientation course for new international students takes place during the first week of September of each year, just prior to the start of term and teaching. 

A number of students are offered the opportunity to spend a period of a year working as a research student at the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) observatory on La Palma, Canary Islands in the final year of their MSc degree or in the beginning of their PhD studies. Here you can read more about the Research studentships at NOT.

Master's Programme tuition costs

For students starting their studies 2016, there are presently no tuition fees at our department. The situation may change after 2016, but these changes do not apply for students who has started their studies before the changes.

However, students registering in the Master's or PhD programmes will need to provide their own funding for their living costs. More information on housing, living costs in Finland, the city of Turku and Finland can be found by following the links given on the right. 

Application fee

Please notice, that there is an application fee for applicants applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA area. The fee must be paid before you can finalize your application.

Applications for 2015/16

The application period is 1 December 2015 - 29 January 2016 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2016.

Full details on the application process are available here.

All applicants who submitted their application by the deadline will be notified about the decision concerning their applications. The letters are posted by regular mail on the day of publication of the results. On this day the names of the admitted students will be published on this web page (concerning applicants who have given us the permission to do so). Your name is not on the list if you have not given permission to publish your name or if you have not been accepted to the programme.


BABOORAM Chantal Allysa Radhika
BISWAS Debdipta
HON Suei Hei
LARY Salifu Adam
SUAREZ DEL REAL Ingrid Castrejon

In addition to the applicants on this list, there was one admitted applicant to this programme who did not give permission to publish their admission result on the Internet.

See also the general application page and online brochure of International Master's degree programmes.




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