The Astronomy and Space Physics track is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master’s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Materials Chemistry, Materials Physics, and Theoretical Physics.
Students specialising in Astronomy and Space Physics can choose among three lines of studies: theoretical astrophysics, observational astronomy and space physics. Students will acquire knowledge of various astrophysical phenomena and plasma physics, from a Solar system to neutron stars and onto galaxies and cosmology. They will also gain hands-on experience with observational techniques, space instrumentation, numerical methods and analysis of large datasets.
Career or after graduation opportunities
The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels are excellent for those trained in the physical and chemical sciences. Thanks to the broad scope of the programme, the skills and knowledge developed as part of this education at the University of Turku provide many employment opportunities in different areas.
Many of the track's graduates choose to continue their education by pursuing PhD studies in Finland or other European countries (e.g., Belgium, Estonia, Germany, and Norway). Others have obtained employment in the software and high-tech industries, for example.