SPaCE is a new international programme in Astrophysics of Aix-Marseille University in France. During 2 years, it focuses on theoretical, applied, numerical, instrumental and observational Physics, applied to Astrophysical Sciences and Chemistry related to Space.
Master, Canada
Aix-Marseille université

This master course in astrophysics is part of the Master of Physics of the Faculté des Sciences in Marseille. It is designed for students wishing to receive a solid training in Physics and who want to study Astrophysics. Astrophysics as a research topic, involves the knowledge of the fundamental laws of Physics. These laws are applied from our Solar System to the most distant regions in the universe where physical conditions can only be inferred from the emission of electromagnetic radiations.

The Master (M1 & M2) programme in astrophysics is based on e-lectures with an extensive experience of work in research. The Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) and the Laboratoire de Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM) are the Master’s hosting laboratories. This very innovative programme in astrophysics aims at providing our graduate students with a strong research training, as well as a solid teaching in both fundamental and experimental topics.

This pioneering astrophysics master course in France provides that students will work half of their time on projects in laboratories during two years. This practical side of the programme consists in supervised projects, carried out throughout the first and second year, followed by a four-months internship at the end of the second year (March to June). The e-learning will take place in the laboratories where the students will have access to libraries and will regularly meet with their teachers. A weekly tutoring will take place with teachers and young researchers. The students will be allotted a room in each laboratory.

Our master is largely open to foreigners and all lectures are given in English.

The first year of this master course in astrophysics will begin with a 2-day stay at the Observatoire de Haute Provence with the teaching team, as an icebreaker.

Fellowships will be allotted to students coming for the first time to Aix Marseille University to learn astrophysics, as an installation grant in Marseille.

Information on the program

Deadline and application

The candidates to the Master SPaCE must fill the online registration form before June 30th 2016


Véronique BUAT

Patrice THEULE