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Physics and Astronomy: Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (track)

Study programme


Together with the programme manager, you will tailor an individual course load with a focus on either theoretical physics, particle physics or astrophysics.

GRAPPA has the following compulsory courses, to give you a solid foundation:

  • General Relativity
  • Particle Cosmology
  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Particle Physics
  • GRAPPA student seminar
  • Academic skills courses

Besides these core courses, 24 EC is reserved for elective courses to allow you to develop your skills for your research project in the second programme year.

The remaining 12 EC you can freely devote to any other courses that interest you (even outside of physics or astronomy), or to make up for deficiencies.

Master's thesis

The second year of the GRAPPA programme focuses on your chosen research project. You will work with one of the academic staff members on a timely and relevant topic, and apply the skills you developed during your courses to work on original research. Topics can range from fairly theoretical (such as cosmology) to experimental (such as building astroparticle physics detectors). Your total thesis work is worth 60 EC.

International experience

Within GRAPPA you can gain international experience in an educational setting, by:

  • attending the CERN summer-school
  • doing a project at the La Palma observatory
  • attending an international school
  • arranging your own astroparticle physics related international activity.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.