Astronomy (Bachelor)

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The bachelor's programme in Astronomy aims to provide a first-class basic academic education in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and space research. It provides students with a solid education in natural sciences. Graduates of the bachelor’s programme are well-prepared to enter professional life or continue their academic education in a master’s programme.

Classes are held in German and English. Therefore, students are expected to be proficient (level C1) in both languages.

Bachelor of Science

Degree Programme Code: 033 661

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 15 ECTS credits of specialisation in Astrophysics and related Natural Sciences)

Language: German

NO entrance examination

Curriculum

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Data updated on: 19.07.2019

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)

Attention

Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The skills acquired in the degree programme are in great demand in the natural sciences and technical disciplines, such as numerical modelling of complex systems, image processing, data analysis, time service, calendar studies and calculations of satellite orbits, as well as in certain areas of scientific administration. Astronomy also has a significant influence on philosophy and the development of our world-view (cosmology). Today, astronomical research is also closely linked to electronic data processing. Thus, it is important to intensively train students in the IT area.

Five concepts

which you will deal with in your studies:

  • Astrophysics
  • Numerical methods
  • Observatory
  • Linear algebra
  • Cosmology

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.



After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following areas:

  • participation in astronomical research, teaching and public relations
  • at different institutions abroad or in EU countries
  • at international organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) or the
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO).

The growing public interest in astronomy opens up new professional opportunities outside the academic context, such as

  • at public observatories
  • at planetariums
  • at adult education centres
  • in the area of science journalism and
  • at museums.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.

 

The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.8 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 26 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Astronomy graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).