Astrophysics and cosmology

The new macro-programme combines classic fields of physics: mechanics, quantum mechanics, and general relativity theory with the elements of astrophysics and cosmology.

Already in ancient Greece, people showed interest in cosmology. Yet, it was as late as in the 20th century that the outline of complete description of the universe, the "standard cosmological model" started to emerge. In the last quarter of this century the model was revised and supplemented with more details. In the last decade the basic parameters of cosmology, such as escape velocity of galaxies H and cosmological delay started to be measured with greater precision. The great progress in this area of science can be illustrated by the fact that about half a century ago, one of the basic parameters in physics, the hubble constant H was modified by the factor of ten.

At the same time, astrophysics has been transformed from a science that traditionally dealt with star models into a multifaceted discipline that studies, inter alia, such objects as black holes or accretion disks. What makes astrophysics even more compelling, is the fact many astrophysical phenomena have not been explained yet.

Enrolment requirements

1. The persons with higher education degrees in the following fields/programmes and specialities are entitled to enrol:

1) field: astronomy, specilities: all specialities,

2) field: chemistry, specialities: all specialities,

3) field: physics, specialities: all specialities,

4) field: technical physics, specialities: all specialities,

5) field: computer science, specialities: all specialities,

6) field: mathematics, specialities: all specialities,

7) interdisciplinary mathematical-scientific studies,

8) technical studies which grant degrees in engineering.

Physics and astronomy graduates are well-prepared to study the macro-programme. The students who have completed first-cycle (undergraduate) studies other than physics can individually complete the missing courses.

2. The admission is based on the final admission score (from 0 to 100), which results from the candidate's average overall grade he or she achieved at their previous programme of study.

The details on the application rules and deadlines are available at:

Facilities and equipment

The students of the programme will have access, inter alia, to computer labs, libraries, supercomputers, and measuring instruments of the Institute of Physics and the Astronomical Observatory.


The programme consists of more than a dozen compulsory courses and twenty optional courses to choose from.

Graduates' qualifications

Graduates of the second-cycle macro-programme of study at the Jagiellonian University: astrophysics and cosmology possess wide knowledge in the areas of physics and astrophysics, and specialist knowledge within a given speciality. They are well prepared to work in physical, astrophysical, and meteorological institutes, satellite observation teams, international research groups, educational institutions, and all sectors of economy where similar technical and analytical skills are needed.

The graduates may undertake doctoral studies in astronomy, physics, and biophysics. If they complete the teaching specialization, they may also become school teachers.

The programme is four-semester long. The students have to attend at least 1500 45-minute units of lectures and classes, and gather at least 120 ECTS points.