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Master's Programme Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Program in Astrophysics

As of winter semester 2019/2020 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.

Faculty Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 Semester / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0533 Physics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 678
Curriculum Informationen on the Curriculum (2010W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and language skills

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance
= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria


 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Mathematics
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Experimental Physics
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Theoretical Physics

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

This study program is Europe oriented and based on a cooperation between the Universitys of Innsbruck and Padua, Rome, Göttingen  und Belgrade. The international focus of the course of studies involves that all participating students will complete the first semester at the University in Innsbruck. The second semester is offered at the University of Padua and the University of Rome and can be completed at one of those two institutions according to the choice of each student. The third semester is provided by the Universities of Rome, Göttingen and Belgrade and can be spent at one of those institutions. The fourth semester may be completed at each one of the participating institutions depending on the specialization of the student.
The degree will be awarded together with a joint official certificate.

Studies will be held in English with the exception of the optional modules for language training.

First Semester at the University of Innsbruck »

  6.5 ECTS-Credits: Concepts of Galactic Astrophysics
  6.5 ECTS-Credits: Concepts of Extragalactic Astrophysics
  6.0 ECTS-Credits: Concepts of Physics for Astrophysicists
  6.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Mathematical Methods for Astrophysicists
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)

Second Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits at the

Third Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits at the

Fourth Semester at the University of Innsbruck »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Erasmus Mundus

Qualification Profile and Skills

With the support of a special programme of excellence, the international study programme of Astrophysics broadens the Bachelor’s Programme in Physics with further knowledge and qualifications in order to enable students to carry out highly qualified, independent and innovative research and development projects. Students learn problem solving strategies which qualify them to gain new knowledge in the research and/or innovative field and to develop new procedures as well as to integrate knowledge of different areas. This is achieved by in-depth studies of chosen prevailing sections together with an international involvement in modern research and increased mobility. Due to the internationality of the study programme, graduates are qualified to act competently and successfully at interfaces between individual research areas. The international focus (partner universities Belgrade, Göttingen, Padua, and Rome) promotes student mobility.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the field of astrophysics. They are able to apply their knowledge at the intersections of related sciences by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The career fields for graduates of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme in Astrophysics can mainly be found in special fields of research. Moreover, problem solving skills, which are to be gained in the course of the study programme, qualify them for a wide range of career fields in science and technology, as well as in other fields (e.g. project management, consulting and banking).

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Franosch

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Georg Moser, MSc

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