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Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Europe

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AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS). The programme was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course  and is now continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Masters Course is offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of 4 research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

The main objective of the programme is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics.

AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of these countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.

The official language of the course is English, but students are given the possibility to learn the languages of the host countries by attending language courses at the partner universities.

Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies.

In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries.

At the end of each 2-years cycle of the Master Programme the best master thesis of the cycle will be awarded a prize.

The 2015 versions of the AstroMundus Brochure and Poster are available for download:

Main topics

AstroMundus offers an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics, as insured by the wide variety of expertise in the field covered by this international partnership. The main topics covered by the Master programme are:

  • Galactic Astrophysics (the Sun and the Solar system, the Milky Way, stellar astrophysics and evolution, the interstellar medium)
  • Solar Astrophysics and Space Weather
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics (galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, intra-cluster medium, star formation)
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (including accretion theory, relativistic jets, modelling)
  • Cosmology (including observational cosmology, galaxy surveys, gravitational lensing, very early universe)
  • Particle Cosmology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Gravitational waves
  • Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space
  • Computational astrophysics (N-body simulations, magneto-hydrodynamic simulations)

Student Scholarships

Course Editions starting in 2015 and later

A limited number of scholarships is expected to be funded through the new Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree (JMD) programme of the European Commission. Applicants that wish to apply for a JMD scholarship will have to state so in the relevant part of the AstroMundus application form. Students that already received in the past an Erasmus Mundus or JMD scholarship are not allowed to receive a new one. A student can submit JMD scholarship applications for a maximum of 3 different JMD programmes in the same academic year. Students who apply for scholarships through more than 3 JMD programmes will be excluded from the selection for a JMD scholarship. Details about the new Erasmus+ scholarship scheme are given at page 101 and 102 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide and eligibility criteria are summarized at page 95-97 of the Guide. Additional conditions related to Master students are given at page 271-272 of the same Guide.

Following the Erasmus+ criterion of geographical balance, no more than 3 candidates from the same country (/with the same nationality) should be awarded an EMJMD scholarship during the same intake. Students with a double nationality must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

Scholarship holders must spend a period of studies in at least 2 Programme Countries within the AstroMundus consortium.

Because of the limited number of Erasmus+ scholarships, we strongly recommend that prospective students seek and apply for other scholarships that might be funded, e.g., by their own Country and/or Institution of origin or by other organizations.

Like for the former Erasmus Mundus programme, in the Erasmus+:Joint Masters Degree programme there are two categories of scholarships, as summarized below:

1. "Partner Country" student category (equivalent to the old "Third Country" student / Category A): These are intended for students coming from countries outside of the EU and associated countries (see "who" for a precise definition, including the "12-month-rule"). Scholarships in this category are co-funded by the EU through the Erasmus+ programme and cover:

  • the registration fees, including a full insurance package;
  • a contribution to travel and installation costs that amounts to:

2000 EUR per year + 1000 EUR (i.e. 5000 EUR in total) for students resident of a Partner Country located at less than 4000 km from the location of the course coordinating institution (for AstroMundus this is Innsbruck, Austria) 

OR

3000 EUR per year + 1000 EUR (i.e. 7000 EUR in total) for students resident of a Partner Country located at 4000 km or more from the location of the course coordinating institution (for AstroMundus this is Innsbruck, Austria);

NOTE: The above mentioned distance to the student's place of residence is calculated using the "Distance calculator" available in the Erasmus+ website. The place of residence is verified based on the provision of the documents listed in the PRADO website of the Council of the European Union. Such documents (e.g. a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules, a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question)  must have been issued within 12 months before the deadline for submission of applications to the AstroMundus programme.

  • a contribution to subsistence costs of 1000 EUR per month for the entire duration of the Masters course (24 months) excluding periods of study spent in the student's country of residence or in any other Partner Country.

2. "Programme Country" student category (equivalent to the old "European Country" student / Category B): These are intended for students from EU or associated countries (see "who" for a precise definition) or students who, at application time, had their main activities in one such country for more than 12 months in total during the last 5 years (12-months-rule).  A limited number of scholarships in this category will be funded by the AstroMundus Consortium and cover:

  • the registration fees, including a full insurance package;
  • a contribution to subsistence costs of 500 EUR per month for the entire duration of the Masters course (24 months).

In addition to the above two categories, a limited number of partial scholarships (e.g. fee waivers, free meals and lodging during some semesters) will be available.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 November 2015

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics : PDF

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Posted on 2015-09-27 00:00:00


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