Astronomy and space physics courses
The stucture of the studies is shown below. Note that changes in the lecturer list are possible; the final decisions of lecturers are always made during the summer prior to the academic year.


Master's programme study guide (Astronomy track)

There are three main specializations: Space Physics (SP), Theoretical Astrophysics (TA), Observational Astrophysics (OA)









Obligatory (37 op, +5 op for foreign students) Credits Person in charge


Master's Thesis 35 Juri Poutanen/Rami Vainio


*Seminar in astronomy (astronomy specialization) 2 Juri Poutanen


*Seminar in Quantum (space physics specalization) 2 Vainio/Pohjolainen


Finnish for Foreigners: Intensive Beginners' Course 5 Kielikeskus










Obligatory at least 30 op from the following set





Astrophysical spectroscopy and interstellar medium (TA, OA) 6 Seppo Mattila


Fortran 90 and Numerical Methods (all) 8 Hannu Karttunen


Hydrodynamics and hydromagnetics (SP, TA) 6 Rami Vainio



Introduction to plasma physics (all) 4 Battarbee



Methods of observational astrophysics I (TA, OA) 6 Korhonen/FINCA


Radiative Processes in Astrophysics (all) 8 Riehokainen/Poutanen


Space plasma physics (SP, TA) 6 Rami Vainio



Statistical methods (all) 6 Harry Lehto/Hannu Karttunen


Stellar structure and evolution (all) 8 Poutanen/Hakala/Mattila









Obligatory at least 25 op from the following set





Active galactic nuclei (TA, OA) 6 Esko Valtaoja


Applications of Fourier Transforms (all) 4 Kurt Gloos



Astroparticle physics (all) 5 Elina Lindfors


Formation and evolution of planetary systems (TA, OA) 5 Harry Lehto



Galactic astronomy (TA, OA) 5 Roberto de Propris


Galaxies and cosmology (TA, OA) 8 Heinämäki/Teerikorpi/de Propris


Heliophysics (all) 6 Rami Vainio



High-energy astrophysics (all) 8 Poutanen/Tsygankov/Hakala


Methods of observational astrophysics II (TA, OA) 5 Seppo Mattila/FINCA


Nuclear and particle physics II (all) 6 Eino Valtonen


Plasma astrophysics (SP, TA) 6 Rami Vainio



Radio astronomy and interferometry (all) 8 Kaj Wiik/Silja Pohjolainen


Space technology (SP) 4 Eino Valtonen


Special course in astronomy (TA, OA) 2-6 Poutanen



Special course in space physics (SP) 2-6 Vainio



Radiation and particle detectors (SP, OA) 4 Edwin Kukk










Other studies (0-23 op)





* Research project (all) 3-9 Poutanen/Vainio


* Internship (all) 0-6 Poutanen/Vainio


and other courses in astronomy and physics (including those below), astrobiology, theoretical physics, mathematics, information technology, statistics
Additional studies





Complementary studies for master degree students 1-8 Harry Lehto/Pasi Nurmi


Astrophysics 1 5 Juri Poutanen/Alexandr Riehokainen


Astrophysics 2 5 Pekka Heinamäki


Tähtitieteen harjoitustyöt/ Laboratory in Astronomy 4 Lehto/Nilsson


Fysiikan harjotustyöt IIB (SP) 4




Fysiikan harjotustyöt IIIA (SP) 3




Fysiikan harjotustyöt IIIB (SP) 3





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