Presentation of the Master SPaCE in Astrophysics in Marseille (France)

SPaCE is an international programme in Astrophysics of Aix-Marseille University in France. During 2 years It focuses on theoretical, applied, numerical, instrumental and observational Physics, applied to Astrophysical Sciences and Chemistry related to Space.

This master course in astrophysics is part of the Master of Physics of the Faculté des Sciences in Marseille. It is designed for students wishing to receive a solid training in Physics and who want to study Astrophysics. Astrophysics as a research topic, involves the knowledge of the fundamental laws of Physics. These laws are applied from our Solar System to the most distant regions in the universe where physical conditions can only be inferred from the emission of electromagnetic radiations.

The Master (M1 & M2) programme in astrophysics is based on e-lectures with an extensive experience of work in research. The Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) and the Laboratoire de Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM) are the Master’s hosting laboratories. This very innovative programme in astrophysics aims at providing our graduate students with a strong research training, as well as a solid teaching in both fundamental and experimental topics.

This pioneering astrophysics master course in France provides that students work half of their time on projects in laboratories during two years. This practical side of the programme consists in supervised projects, carried out throughout the first and second year, followed by a four-months internship at the end of the second year (March to June). The e-learning takes place in the laboratories where the students have access to libraries and regularly meet with their teachers.

Our master is largely open to foreigners and all lectures are given in English.

By the end of the programme, students have gained a valuable professional knowledge allowing them to join in a PhD programme or to find a job in a company. Throughout their 2-year training, students are led to choose between research- and career-oriented paths. They select their courses and the projects in which they participate according to their goals, and the practical training helps them to decide on their future professional calling.

Fellowships will be allotted to students coming for the first time to Aix Marseille University to learn astrophysics, as an installation grant in Marseille.