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Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space

Department of Physics

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Academic year

2017-2018

DGES Code

M154

Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded

Mestre

Duration

4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits

120.0

Category

Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

João Manuel de Morais Barros Fernandes (jmfernan@mat.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Silva Ferreira Lopes (isabel@lipc.fis.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Master aims to give specialized training in the fields of Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space to graduates in physics, engineering and related fields, in order to train professionals who can interact or integrate scientific teams on large organizations (eg, ESA, ESO , NASA, etc ...) and technological companies with activities in the space domain. The versatile structure of the Master study’s plan, allows students to choose courses that best fit their profiles and that best complement their previous training, given the opportunity areas that most interest them. Thus, it can focus more on astrophysics, theoretical cosmology, computational modeling and data analysis, or be more focused on instrumentation, navigation and geo-observation. The Master aims to give the tools for the graduate to interact and collaborate in the strongly multidisciplinary context of the current astrophysics and in the in the arena of space activities.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The Master aims to give specialized training in the fields of Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space to graduates in physics, engineering and related fields, in order to train professionals who can interact or integrate scientific teams on large organizations (eg, ESA, ESO , NASA, etc ...) and technological companies with activities in the space domain. The versatile structure of the Master study’s plan, allows students to choose courses that best fit their profiles and that best complement their previous training, given the opportunity areas that most interest them. Thus, it can focus more on astrophysics, theoretical cosmology, computational modeling and data analysis, or be more focused on instrumentation, navigation and geo-observation. The Master aims to give the tools for the graduate to interact and collaborate in the strongly multidisciplinary context of the current astrophysics and in the in the arena of space activities.Each discipline has a technical specification widely disseminated through the web site of the DF, which means that the objectives of each course unit are well known to both students and teachers. The preparation of summaries of all taught classes allows in every moment to monitor the fulfilment of the programme objectives for each subject course unit. Throughout the course students are encouraged to solve and discuss problems and extract conclusions, either orally or in writing, in order to develop their autonomy and independence. The degree of individual compliance with the proposed objectives is assessed through student assessments, either by written papers or through oral discussions of scientific papers and reports on specific matters, depending of the subject unit. The pursuit of the general objectives of the course is also considered and pondered from the capacity demonstrated by the students when presenting public seminars and from the public discussions of masters theses, including the views expressed by the juries about the quality of these theses.
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in the daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
Post-graduate Ph.D. studies
Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Physics Engineering , Mathematics, Geographical Engineering and related areas.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
The recognition of prior knowledge to the course is expressed in the very recognition of the degree that is required. Additionally prior work presented in a Bachelor’s Diploma supplement can be considered and recognized for the purpose of crediting work.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th of March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no. 107/2008, 25th of June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd of July. The course plan was published in the Dispatch no. 20133/2009, updated by the Dispatch nº 2653/2011.
Professional Goals
Research activities in laboratories and other research and developpment institutions, specially those involved with international organizations as the ESA, ESO, CERN, etc.;

project activities in technology companies operating in the space business;

activities related with the services of high technological potential;

educational activities either in teaching organizations or in museums and related.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

The completion of the course requires a minimum of 120 ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
Accreditations
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2016-10-06 a 2022-10-05
R/A-Ef 1551/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2011-03-18