Astrophysics and Cosmology 7.5 credits

Astrofysik och kosmologi
First cycle, F0027T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0004T Physics 1, Calculus M0029M, Linear Algebra and Calculus M0030M or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The course gives an overview of modern astrophysics and cosmology. Astrophysics deals with such phenomena in universe that can be explained by basic physics principles, and cosmology has to do with the overall structure of universe. The latest discoveries by space- and earth-based detectors, as well as the measuring techniques, will be covered. The course is a good basis for graduate diploma work.

The structure and development of the whole universe, galaxies, stars and solar systems are the central themes of the course. Experimental methods, detectors and various space missions are described. Special weight is given to so-called astroparticle physics, i.e. the coupling between the structure of universe and the properties of elementary particles in particular, when discussing the early Universe. Many new, and not so well understood, phenomena will be discussed, such as dark matter, quasars, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars, the missing solar neutrinos, the cosmic background radiation and MACHOs. Among the homework assignments, one will be the writing of an essay and another a small \"research\" project.


Homework assignment. Alternative examination methods may be used.

Johan Hansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Carroll/Ostlie \"An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics\"

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0002AssignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA13

Study guidance
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