Universitat de Barcelona

Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology


The master's degree Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology of the University of Barcelona is intended for holders of bachelor's degrees and equivalent undergraduate degrees (particularly in physics), engineers and technical engineers who wish to pursue a specialization in one of the following branches of knowledge: astrophysics and space sciences; atomic, nuclear and particle physics; or gravitation and cosmology. The duration and specific content will depend on each applicant's previous studies.
The master's degree seeks to provide students with the training needed to conduct research in one of the fields listed above or in a related field, thanks to the interdisciplinary subjects also included in the program.

The course focuses on preparing students to begin a doctoral thesis upon completion of their degree, enabling them to pursue an academic career. However, it also provides highly valuable training for a career in the public or private sector, opening up a wide range of employment options.

Learning objectives

The objectives of the master's degree are to provide students with advanced academic training in the fields of astrophysics, space sciences, atomic, nuclear and particle physics, gravitation and cosmology. More specifically, the objectives are:

  • to study the content of a carefully selected set of subjects;
  • to acquire the work methodology needed for conducting research and completing a doctoral thesis in the above fields through the completion of one or more research projects during the program;
  • to acquire the skills needed to give scientific presentations;
  • to acquire the competences, skills and abilities required to join a research group and complete doctoral studies or eventually join companies that pursue developments related to research in the mentioned fields.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 - Master ubjects: English
- Bridging subjects: Catalan or Spanish, in exceptional cases they will be taught in English.
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Physics
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should have an EHEA bachelor's degree in physics, with a standard study load of 240 ECTS credits, or an equivalent undergraduate degree. UB graduates applying for the course should have completed the major in Fundamental Physics as part of their bachelor's degree. In addition, UB graduates should preferably have completed the optional subjects most closely related with the specialization (Particle Physics and Gravitation or Astrophysics and Space Sciences) they wish to take.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

EHEA bachelor's degree or llicenciatura degree in physics, or an equivalent undergraduate degree issued outside Spain.

Skills and competences

The generic competences obtained by students will be instrumental (such as the capacity for analysis and synthesis, a working knowledge of English, knowledge of software tools and decision-making skills), interpersonal (such as critical reasoning, teamwork and creativity), and systemic (such as the capacity for independent learning and the capacity to adapt to new situations).

The specific competences obtained by students will be the capacity to understand a physical system in terms of the relevant scales of energy, the capacity to identify observable magnitudes and the capacity to test predictions from theoretical models with experimental and observational data.

Another potential specific competence is the capacity to develop and apply new technologies.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period: 1 March - 23 June 2021.

- Second period: 30 June - 13 September 2021.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Closed Pre-enrolment

Required documentation

Until 13 September.


19 - 23 July (new students enrolment)

13 - 17 September.

Open Enrolment