M.Sc. in Astrophysics Courses, Syllabus, Scope and Salary 

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Stream: Astrophysics

Duration: 2 Years

Course: M.Sc.

Course Type: Post Graduate

M.Sc. in Astrophysics is a full-time postgraduate course which covers both theoretical and observational aspects of astrophysics, with the course modules consisting of one compulsory module focused on building research skills in Astrophysics, and a variety of different optional modules that focus on topics such as Stars and Nebula, Gravitational Dynamics, and Accretion Physics.

Enrolled students are trained in not only the fundamental aspects of Astrophysics, but also transferable skills such as programming, data analysis, problem solving, scientific writing, presentation and science outreach, enhancing employability in and out of academia.

This is a 2- year long course divided into two semesters, and the starting salary offered in India for successful postgraduates of the course lies between INR 5,000 and 60,000 monthly.

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Course Objectives

The course curriculum aims to offer:

  • a thorough insight into the various aspects of astronomy
  • insight into the sciences contributing to astronomy
  • a critical research- oriented attitude developed through gradual training
  • the ability to define and formulate strategies to study complex questions
  • the ability to integrate technological developments into basic research
  • the capacity to develop basic numeric and physical-scientific models to study information inside a hypothetical structure.

The course is offered in both full-time and part-time modes.

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Course Highlights

Given here are the basic highlights of the course.

Name of the course M.Sc. In Astrophysics
Course Level Post Graduation
Duration 2 years, full- time/ Distance Learning
Stream Astrophysics
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Graduation
Admission Process Based on the candidate’s performance in the written tests conducted at the level of institutes, and the round of personal interview.
Average Course Fee INR 5K to 5 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 3 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR (Pune)

Top Institutes Offering M.Sc. in Astrophysics  

The average tuition fee charged in India for M.Sc. in Astrophysics ranges between INR 5,000 (government institutes) to 5 lacs (private institutes).

Listed below are some of the best institutes in India that offer M.SC. in Astrophysics.

 1 Osmania University Hyderabad, Telangana 2,245 Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation Based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
Andhra University Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 20,000 Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation Based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
Andhra University, College Of Science & Technology, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 10,000 Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation Based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
Punjabi University Patiala, Punjab 10,210 Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks graduation Based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Astrophysics  

The minimum eligibility required to be met for admission to the course is graduation completed with science from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

A few universities and colleges in India conduct entrance examinations for admission to the course.

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Admission Process

Admission to the course is conducted in 2 stages:

  1. Institutional Test.
  2. Personal Interview- involving assessment of fitness, work experience, publications and statement of purpose.

Most colleges admit students to the course on the basis of their performance in the relevant entrance test. Some institutions/ universities conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. The admission process may s vary from college to college.

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Academic Options

Upon successful completion of the course, successful postgraduates interested in higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing M.Phil./ PH.D. in the subject.

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired by organizations and institutes involved in performing theoretical work, research or teaching in areas of astrophysics, both in India and abroad. They are also hired as Research Scientists with institutions involved in research.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Astrophysicist, Astronomer, Research Trainee, Science Teacher, Lecturer, Scientist, Administrative Assistant, Physics Educator, Sales Coordinator, Academic Research Editor etc.

Some of the major organizations that hire such postgraduates are:

  • Aryabhata Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR (Pune)
  • Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  • Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore
  • Space Science Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Annual Salary in Astrophysics
Job Title Job Description Average Annual Salary in INR
Lecturer They work with colleagues on curriculum development and on advancement of areas within the relevant discipline. They deliver teaching over a range of modules within an established program, undertake student tutoring and support, and contribute to the research profile of the Department of Astrophysics. They carry out a limited number of additional activities in support of the academic work of the department. 4,00,476 –1,083,605
Astronomer They concentrate the physical composition of celestial objects with astrophysics being an amalgam of physics and astronomy. Astrophysicists concentrate on the physics of the universe along with the interactions between various objects of outer space. Subjects like Electromagnetism, Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Physics, and Quantum Mechanics fall within the purview of modern astrophysical research. 4,50,000 - 10,80,000
Science Teacher With a solid academic foundation in science, especially Physics, and in the basics of engineering, they carry out public speaking and prepare presentations and in-depth papers. 3,95,000 - 8,30,000

M.Sc. in Astrophysics: Syllabus and Course Structure

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Semester I

Applied Mathematics
Analog Electronics
Classical Mechanics
Positional Astronomy

Semester II

Digital Electronics
Quantum Mechanics
Celestial and Fluid Mechanics
Space Physics

Semester III

Astronomical Techniques
Stellar Atmosphere
Electromagnetic Waves & Radiating Systems
Advanced Electronics

Semester IV

Galactic System & Cosmology
Stellar Structure & Evolution
Plasma physics
Lasers and applications

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Astrophysics) : 19 answered questions


Ques. How is the Integrated MSc-BEd Physics course in Central University of Rajasthan CURAJ?

● Top Answer By Anil Tigga on 29 Oct 21

Ans. If you want to take a job as a lecturer in Government-run colleges, CURAJ is an appropriate option. It is a very good institution with good infrastructure and a peaceful learning atmosphere.  This course saves one year for the students doing M.Sc. then B.Ed. or vice versa. The faculty at the university is really good. They are from highly respectable institutions with years of educational experience. It will also save you money. You can learn something else in that one year. So yes choosing CURAJ will prove beneficial for your career.Read more
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Ques. Which university is better for an MSc in physics, Burdwan, North Bengal, Visva-Bharati University or Calcutta University?

● Top Answer By Arushi Anand on 26 Oct 21

Ans. Calcutta University is the best option for doing an M.Sc in Physics and here is that preference order that you should follow. Calcutta University Burdwan University Visva-Bharati University North-Bengal University Also, you should know that irrespective of which university you are taking, you will have to study on your own. You may get assistance from your professor or your friends. However, you will have to put in the extra effort to do well in your academics and get a job. Read more
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Ques. Is Jiwaji University Gwalior good for an M.Sc. in physics?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 11 Oct 21

Ans. Honestly speaking, pursuing M.Sc in physics at Jiwaji University is a very good idea. Some of my friends graduated from here and are doing quite well. The department of physics, like many of the other departments, has a very good reputation. You will be in an environment that is suitable for research and the professors are not only capable but friendly as well.  The professors are talented and have years of educational experience. Most of the professors are alumni of IITs and also have PhDs from reputed universities. For pursuing M.Sc in physics, candidates have to appear in an entrance exam. They will be selected on the basis of their score in the same. The combined fee for all semesters for M.Sc in physics is INR 27,580.Read more
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Ques. Which university is better for an M.Sc in physics Burdwan, North Bengal, Visva Bharati University or Calcutta University?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 28 Sept 21

Ans. A senior I know from school completed M.Sc in physics and in his opinion, the University of Calcutta is the best place to pursue this course.  70% marks in B.Sc (Hons) in Physics is required to pursue this course at the University of Calcutta. In the University of Burdwan, the faculties of the department of Physics had individually obtained some major research projects from funding agencies like DST, ARDB, ISRO, UGC, BRNS, CSIR, etc. and all these projects were completed successfully.  For admission to the University of North Bengal, you need to have at least 50% in B.Sc (Physics). The department has active research groups in the fields of - Liquid Crystal; Relativity, Cosmology, and Astrophysics; High-energy Heavy-ion Interaction, and Cosmic-ray Physics.  In the case of Visva Bharati University, you need to score at least 50% marks in Physics Honors. The best option among the mentioned institutions is University of Calcutta. You will be offered great opportunities here.Read more
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Ques. Between MSc physics at BITS Goa and MSc physics at BITS Hyderabad, which one should one choose?

● Top Answer By Admin on 10 Aug 21

Ans. You should definitely go with BITS Goa. The physics faculty at the institute is really good and no one can reiterate this enough. If you happen to take courses like Mechanics and OScil, you will realize this in the first year itself. Moreover, the college festival, Waves, is a major highlight. Many discussions regarding the best departments in the college have always had synchronous replies with physics being the major answer. The faculty members are well versed in the field and are dedicated individuals. But if you are still confused, you must know that the curriculum and syllabus are the same on all three campuses. Your degree will finally specify that you graduated from BITS Pilani. Read more
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The eligibility critearia asks for a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation.Does this mean that someone can do MSc in astrophysics after graduating by doing BE ?
Hi Tanveer, the eligibility criteria mentioned above is general. Eligibility also depends on the college in which you are applying for admission as the minimum percentage criteria and preferred subject combination may vary from college to college.
Can I do MSc in astronomy without considering the graduation marks?
Hi Anurag, generally, admission is based on marks scored in entrance exam conducted by the respective university. However, for satisfying eligibility criteria, graduation marks are considered.

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