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Astrophysics and Gravitation is one of the research areas in the Department of Physics at the IST.

Master and PhD Students, having their  Dissertations theses in this area of research  and working under supervision of staff members, are usually involved in international scientific projects.  

Fellowships are often available for the most successful students.  Please contact staff members. 

Coordinator: Professor Vitor Cardoso, Professor Catedrático (Full Professor) and President of CENTRA.



Curricular plan for the MSc Engineering Physics - specialization in Astrophysics and Gravitation

26 Janeiro 2012, 19:28 - Ana Maria Cidade Mourão

Astrophysics and Gravitation - from passion to science

A specialization is astrophysics and gravitation requires the student to attend a total of 120 ECTS, 30 ECTS per Semester. The 4th semester is totally devoted to the MSC thesis (30 ECTS).

The courses are of different types, namely:  

  1. courses common to all MEFT students 
  2. courses that are common to the Physics branch within MEFT
  3. courses optional in the branch
  4. courses related with and leading to the thesis

Tuition of the courses is in english, whenever there is at least one foreign student.

4th year integrated master (1st year of 2nd cycle)
1st Semester: courseECTS   type  2nd Semester: Courses ECTS type
62  Relativity and cosmology
Particle physics   61
  Nuclear Physics 61
Complements of quantum mechanics62  Topics in general relativity and cosmology
Condensed matter physics 62  Quantum optics and lasers 61
Plasma physics and technology61  Condensed matter physics
     Quantum Field theory 6 3
5th year integrated master (2nd year of 2nd cycle)
1st Semester: courses ECTS  type  2nd Semester: courses ECTS type
Astrophysics Laboratory63  Master Thesis 304
Topics in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology63   
Optional 63   
Project MEFT
Introduction to Research64   


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Check in for Astrophysics and gravitation at MEFT

21 Junho 2012, 21:00 - Ana Maria Cidade Mourão

Information for international and students from portuguese universities

As part of its strategic policy, IST is actively involved in several networks and international programmes to promote student mobility, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as internships for participating in IST’s research activities. More information >>

Mobility programmes    

Prepare your studies programme in AG

Students applying for a mobility programme (ERASMUS, etc) or just looking for a MSc supervidor are invited to contact Staff members, Professors or researchers working in the field of AG.

In case you are at a Portuguese University you might be interested in the  Almeida Garrett program. 


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