Master’s studies

Syllabus for Theoretical Astrophysics

Teoretisk astrofysik

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA225
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-05-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-05-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2016
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including 30 credits in mathematics and 60 credits in physics, including Astrophysics I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After passing course the student is expected to

  • calculate simple atomic, molecular and optical processes of relevance to astrophysical modelling
  • make estimates for dynamical time scales and for the stability of astrophysical objects 
  • analyse astrophysical systems and identify dominant mechanisms 
  • construct simple models of astrophysical objects where radiation and/or dynamics play an important role, using both mathematical software and analytical estimates
  • critically evaluate models used in contemporary astrophysics research


Basic concepts of atomic, molecular and optical physics, and interaction of radiation and matter. Application to modelling (eg MATLAB) the state of matter and spectra in astrophysics. 

Introduction to gas dynamics, including effects of gravitation. Application to modelling of dynamical processes within astrophysics, especially stars, their environment, and the interstellar medium. 

Selected in-depth examples, e.g., early universe chemistry, dynamical processes in and around stars (pulsation, convection, stellar winds).


 ​Lectures, seminars, computer assignments and hand-in exercises. Individual presentations on selected topics.


Computer assignments and hand-in exercises (8 credits) and oral and written presentation of literature project (2 credits).

Reading list

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