The course of study (Master's Program)

The master's program in astronomy is based on a curriculum that specifies all courses and requirements for the degree. Independent preparation and reading are recommended. We have highlighted some important details below:

  • Mandatory modules are the research seminar, the master's thesis and the master's examination
  • The current compulsory electives are divided into three areas, from which at least one of the elective modules must be selected. At least 6 of the 9 modules must be completed to achieve the required 48 ECTS for the entire elective module group.
  • The 3 compulsory modules are (A) Galaxies and Universe, (B) Stars and Planets, and (C) Astronomical Instruments and Methods.

The courses of these elective modules alternate in a cycle that is repeated every 2 years. It is therefore advisable not to postpone courses.

Below is a table for the upcoming semesters of the rotation. The research seminar is held every winter semester:

SemesterLV 1LV 2LV 3
2022S &
Early Universe (A)Astronomical Instrumentation (C)Data Science (C)
2022W &
Planets and exoplanets (B)Observation-oriented internship (C)Numerical internship (C)
2023S &
Extragalactic Astronomy (A)Star structure and evolution (B)Data Science (C)
2023W &
Star formation and ISM (B)Numerical internship (C)


The research seminar, which is always held in the winter semester, is to be completed as part of the master's thesis. Here, one's work is presented and current astrophysical topics and fundamental scientific-theoretical issues are discussed.

  • The other courses can be completed freely from the changing range of seminars, lectures and practical courses at the institute. All courses from the master's area can be used for the subject-related NaWi courses.