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Master's degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

The main objective of the Master of Astronomy is to complement and extend the training of graduate students in astronomy, physics, mathematics and related fields. In particular, in order to improve their preparation for a research career in Astronomy, through their subsequent enrolment in a Doctoral Programme in Astronomy.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Second Cycle (Master) in Astronomy must hold a First Cycle (Bachelor) degree (minimum of 180 ECTS credits) or equivalent (including higher education foreign degrees), whose curriculum includes at least 30 ECTS credits, or equivalent, in Mathematics and Physics, including a minimum of 12 ECTS credits in each of these scientific areas. Candidates that may verify these conditions before the end of the registration period in the Master in Astronomy can also apply. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognised as attesting the capacity to successfully complete this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of the Master in Astronomy may also be admitted.

Criteria for Selection and Ranking

The ranking will be done according to the following criteria and sub-criteria:
  • 1.1 - Academic curriculum (training area and average grade) (80%)
    • 1.1.1 - Subcriterion 1: training area (40%)
    • 1.1.2 - Subcriterion 2: average and adequacy of the degree (40%)
  • 1.2 - Scientific curriculum and professional experience (20%)
    • 1.2.1 - Subcriterion 1: technical and/or scientific publications and communications (10%)
    • 1.2.2 - Subcriterion 2: participation in research projects, internships in the area of the cycle of studies or other relevant professional experience (10%)

Note: Candidates who do not yet hold a Bachelor's degree and/or have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutory competent scientific body, will be ranked according to the criteria and subcriteria indicated above, with the difference that the final average mark of the degree will be replaced by the weighted average mark of all curricular units completed to date.

Candidates' tiebreaker criterion: greater number of ECTS credits obtained in the area of the cycle of studies.



Course Director: m.ast.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: m.ast@fc.up.pt

This information is provided strictly for informational purposes
and does not preclude consultation of the Official Gazette.

General information

Official Code: 6017
Director: Catarina Lobo
Acronym: M:A_ASTR
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Master's degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Astronomy and Astrophysics (66 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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