SH2402 Astrophysics 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe how fundamental astrophysical observations and measurements are performed: localisation, signal strength, distance scales.  Plan and perform simpler astronomical observations and assess the outcome and give suggestions for improvements.
  • By using physical reasoning, explain how radiation is transported within plasmas and in the universe. Explain how emission and absorption line features are formed and their diagnostics
  • By using physical reasoning, explain the main evolutionary states for different types of stars.
  • Describe the observations of the large-scale structure of the universe and assess the theories for structure formation in the universe on both small and large scales.
  • Describe the various techniques for detection of extrasolar planets and discuss the conditions for life on other planets.
  • Summarise the basis of  astrophysics statistical analysis and solve basic problems.

Course main content

Observational techniques, Radiative transfer, Star formation and stellar
evolution and large-scale structure of the Universe, Astrostatistics


Recommended prerequisites: Previous knowledge of mathematical methods in physics and quantum physics.


Karttunen et al., Fundamental Astronomy


  • ANN1 - Notice, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 4 university credits)
Observation (ANN1; 1 university credit)
Seminarium (SEM1; 1 university credit)

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Felix Ryde:, Josefin Larsson, Tanja Nymark:


Felix Ryde <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2008.