Masters degrees in Planetary Science study the physical components of the Solar System, and as well as the measurement of the Earth and its gravitational field.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Space Science and Technology, and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Physics.
Planetary Science is a broad field which studies not only planets, but the systems that they’re a part of, as well as the objects with which they interact. More specifically, courses in this field explore the particles, processes, and forces which form these objects, as well as their historical development.
From micrometeoroids, to moons, starts, and gas giants, you’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. A combination of theory and methodology is drawn from fields such as Geochemistry and Geophysics, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Hydrology and Glaciology.
Careers in this field are highly varied, but many planetary physicists work within national research centres to take part in activities such as space exploration and experimental laboratory research, as well as the development of technologies such as satellites and robotics.
What are the laws of nature governing the universe from elementary particles to the formation and evolution of the solar system, stars, and galaxies? In the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, you will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of these phenomena.
With the expertise in basic research that you will gain in the programme, you can pursue a career in research. You will also acquire proficiency in the use of mathematical methods, IT tools and/or experimental equipment, as well as strong problem-solving and logical deduction skills. These will qualify you for a wide range of positions in the private sector.
After completing the programme, you will:
The teaching in particle physics and astrophysical sciences is largely based on the basic research. Basic research conducted at the University of Helsinki has received top ratings in international university rankings. The in-depth learning offered by international research groups will form a solid foundation for your lifelong learning.
Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.
The understanding of the microscopic structure of matter, astronomical phenomena and the dynamics of the universe is at the forefront of basic research today. The advancement of such research in the future will require increasingly sophisticated theoretical, computational and experimental methods.
The study track in elementary particle physics and cosmology focuses on experimental or theoretical particle physics or cosmology. The theories that form our current understanding of these issues must be continuously re-evaluated in the light of new experimental results. In addition to analytical computation skills, this requires thorough mastery of numerical analysis methods. In experimental particle physics, the main challenges pertain to the management and processing of continuously increasing amount of data.
The study track in astrophysical sciences focuses on observational or theoretical astronomy or space physics. Our understanding of space, ranging from near Earth space all the way to structure of the universe, is being continuously redefined because of improved experimental equipment located both in space and on the Earth’s surface. Several probes are also carrying out direct measurements of planets, moons and interplanetary plasma in our solar system. Another key discipline is theoretical astrophysics which, with the help of increasingly efficient supercomputers, enables us to create in-depth models of various phenomena in the universe in general and the field of space physics in particular. Finally, plasma physics is an important tool in both space physics and astronomy research.