M.Sc. Physics - Astronomy and Astrophysics

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This is a 2-year postgraduate program spanning 4 semesters. In this program, students will be taught advanced concepts in Physics along with specialised training in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

 Specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics trains students about the science of extra-terrestrial events and entities as well as different scientific observational technologies developed to observe and understand far and distant worlds. In order to provide holistic learning in Astronomy & Astrophysics, we have established an MoU with Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, so that the students can perform experiments and jointly work with scientists in their research/dissertation.

Duration

Duration

2 Years (4 Semesters)

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UPES’ curriculum framework is holistic in its overall structure and yet focuses on the individual need of the student to discover, experience, explore and challenge. Along with the core subject, students have the option to choose from subject-focused specialisations. They are also allowed to choose minor/exploratory subject from other schools at UPES that are: School of Engineering, School of Computer Science, School of Law, School of Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Design, School of Modern Media, and School of Liberal Studies.

Further, based on the multifaceted needs of the global workplace and evolving lifestyles, the curriculum offers Signature and Life-Skills courses through School for Life. To round off this learning experience, students are required to do mandatory internships in the social sector, government/public sector, and industry. The combinations available for students to pick and choose from are endless, ensuring both depth and width of knowledge.

Details
PEO-1: To prepare students in pursuing a successful career by employing critical thinking and skills, identifying problems in real-time, and providing appropriate solutions.
PEO-2:

To train students in exploring research and development in areas of core Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics by collaborating with other institutions of repute.

PEO-3: To engage students in lifelong and comprehensive learning by integrating theoretical, experiential, programming, and soft skill knowledge to match the highest quality standards and be effective leaders in their chosen fields and career.
PEO-4: To impart a sense of ethics, equity, and social responsibility, and transform themselves into commitment-oriented professionals, having a strong attitude towards sustainable development of society.
PSO 1: Students will be able to assess and compare scientific information, enabling them to have a successful and productive career in the field of Physics.
PSO 2: Students will acquire a combination of theoretical, conceptual, analytical, and experimental knowledge and skills in the field of Physics.
PSO 3: Students will be able to work individually or in a team in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity, and a desire to meet new challenges.
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Scientists
  • Astronomers
  • Astrophysicist
  • Science Teachers
  • Academic Research Editor

M.Sc. Physics Specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Curriculum (2023 – 2025)

 

SEMESTER I

 

Category Course Credits
M Classical Mechanics 4
M Mathematical Physics  4
M Quantum Mechanics-I 3
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 1 1.5
M Electronics I 3
M Electronics Lab 1.5
M Electrodynamics 4
  Total 21

 

SEMESTER II

 

Category Course Credits
M Statistical Mechanics 4
M Quantum Mechanics-II 3
M Relativity and Cosmology 3
M Condensed Matter Physics I 3
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 2 (CMP1) 1.5
M Nuclear and Particle Physics 4
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 3 (NP) 1.5
M Introduction to Computational Physics 3
  Total 23

 

 

SEMESTER III

 

Category Course Credits
M Condensed Matter Physics II 3
M Specialisation Lab 1 (CIC/ASTRO) 1.5
M Electronics II 3
M Atomic, Molecular & Laser Physics 4
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 4 (AMP+ElecII) 1.5
M Specialisation I (Materials Science/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 4
M Cryogenics and Vacuum Science 3
M Research Methodology & Ethics 3
  Total 23

 

SEMESTER IV

 

Category Course Credits
M Specialisation II (Materials Science/Electronics/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 3
M Specialisation III (Materials Science/Electronics/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 3
     
M Dissertation 12
     
  Total 18

 

SPECIALISATION

Specialisation Course I
Fundamentals of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Specialisation Course II
Planetary Sciences
Specialisation Course III
Computational Astrophysics
Specialisation Lab
Astronomical Techniques

 

We, at the department, believe in experiential teaching and learning and strive to imbibe problem-solving skills and critical thinking in students. The following practices are in place to improve the quality of teaching-learning and student experience:

  • Design and review of individual course plans at the beginning of session
  • Course Completion Report (CCR)
  • Academic planning and monitoring
  • Real-world/project-based assignments
  • Quality laboratory experience
  • Encouraging advanced learner
  • Slow learners support
  • ICT-enabled classroom (sound system, mic and projector)
  • Guest lectures from industry experts
  • Industry-led courses
  • Certification courses
  • Professional Software Training (PST) and Certification
  • NPTEL lectures
  • Prototype development
  • Use of virtual labs
  • Participation in competitive events (in-house/national/international)
  • Participation in conferences/seminars/workshops (national/international)

Minimum 50% in Class X and XII (PCM/B) and 50% in graduation in relevant subject

Personal Interview

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PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)
PEO-1: To prepare students in pursuing a successful career by employing critical thinking and skills, identifying problems in real-time, and providing appropriate solutions.
PEO-2:

To train students in exploring research and development in areas of core Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics by collaborating with other institutions of repute.

PEO-3: To engage students in lifelong and comprehensive learning by integrating theoretical, experiential, programming, and soft skill knowledge to match the highest quality standards and be effective leaders in their chosen fields and career.
PEO-4: To impart a sense of ethics, equity, and social responsibility, and transform themselves into commitment-oriented professionals, having a strong attitude towards sustainable development of society.
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC OUTCOMES (PSOs)
PSO 1: Students will be able to assess and compare scientific information, enabling them to have a successful and productive career in the field of Physics.
PSO 2: Students will acquire a combination of theoretical, conceptual, analytical, and experimental knowledge and skills in the field of Physics.
PSO 3: Students will be able to work individually or in a team in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity, and a desire to meet new challenges.
CAREER PROSPECTS
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Scientists
  • Astronomers
  • Astrophysicist
  • Science Teachers
  • Academic Research Editor
CURRICULUM

M.Sc. Physics Specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Curriculum (2023 – 2025)

 

SEMESTER I

 

Category Course Credits
M Classical Mechanics 4
M Mathematical Physics  4
M Quantum Mechanics-I 3
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 1 1.5
M Electronics I 3
M Electronics Lab 1.5
M Electrodynamics 4
  Total 21

 

SEMESTER II

 

Category Course Credits
M Statistical Mechanics 4
M Quantum Mechanics-II 3
M Relativity and Cosmology 3
M Condensed Matter Physics I 3
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 2 (CMP1) 1.5
M Nuclear and Particle Physics 4
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 3 (NP) 1.5
M Introduction to Computational Physics 3
  Total 23

 

 

SEMESTER III

 

Category Course Credits
M Condensed Matter Physics II 3
M Specialisation Lab 1 (CIC/ASTRO) 1.5
M Electronics II 3
M Atomic, Molecular & Laser Physics 4
M M.Sc. Physics Lab 4 (AMP+ElecII) 1.5
M Specialisation I (Materials Science/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 4
M Cryogenics and Vacuum Science 3
M Research Methodology & Ethics 3
  Total 23

 

SEMESTER IV

 

Category Course Credits
M Specialisation II (Materials Science/Electronics/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 3
M Specialisation III (Materials Science/Electronics/Astronomy & Astrophysics) 3
     
M Dissertation 12
     
  Total 18

 

SPECIALISATION

Specialisation Course I
Fundamentals of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Specialisation Course II
Planetary Sciences
Specialisation Course III
Computational Astrophysics
Specialisation Lab
Astronomical Techniques

 

INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

We, at the department, believe in experiential teaching and learning and strive to imbibe problem-solving skills and critical thinking in students. The following practices are in place to improve the quality of teaching-learning and student experience:

  • Design and review of individual course plans at the beginning of session
  • Course Completion Report (CCR)
  • Academic planning and monitoring
  • Real-world/project-based assignments
  • Quality laboratory experience
  • Encouraging advanced learner
  • Slow learners support
  • ICT-enabled classroom (sound system, mic and projector)
  • Guest lectures from industry experts
  • Industry-led courses
  • Certification courses
  • Professional Software Training (PST) and Certification
  • NPTEL lectures
  • Prototype development
  • Use of virtual labs
  • Participation in competitive events (in-house/national/international)
  • Participation in conferences/seminars/workshops (national/international)
Eligibility

Minimum 50% in Class X and XII (PCM/B) and 50% in graduation in relevant subject

Selection Criteria

Personal Interview

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