School of Science

Master Physics and Astrophysics

Study programme: Physics and atrophysics II. level
Main fields of study: Physical science
Course code: 2FAF
Level of study: Second cycle master's
Name of the qualification: Master's degree
Qualification title: magister fizike / magistrica fizike
Qualification abbreviation: mag. fiz.
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Sandra Gardonio
Programme director: prof. dr. Sandra Gardonio
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Program description

The Master degree study program »Physics and astrophysics« is implemented in two modules, Astrophysics and Solid State Physics. Both modules have strong research focus and offer specialized topics in the respective fields. Students are closely involved in research activities of the laboratories and centers of the University of Nova Gorica and of its partner institutions. For example, the list of current international experiments and collaborations the Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology is involved in can be found here, while the top 10 articles published by scientists in our School of Science in the last year can be found here. The research introduces state-of-the-art science and leading-edge technologies and the program provides worldwide competitiveness of its graduates, both in pursuing their professional or academic career.

Basic goals

The objective of the Master study program »Physics and astrophysics« is the training of specialists in the fields of astrophysics and solid state physics. The two specializations of Master studies allow to students both to continue their studies at the doctoral level, as well as to get employed in a wide range of companies, institutions and governmental bodies in Slovenia and abroad, either due to specific skills, or because of the ability to apply mathematical, computer and experimental tools and physical approach to solving problems, and of the ability to work and communicate in an international environment.

General competences acquired through the program:

  • general competencies offered by the first-level program;
  • ability of problem abstraction and analysis;
  • independent project work;
  • ability to work in international research teams;
  • ability to transfer the obtained knowledge into practical applications.

Subject-specific competences acquired through the program:

  • subject-specific competencies offered by the first-level program;
  • in-depth knowledge of astrophysics or
  • in-depth knowledge of solid state physics.


1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Advanced mathematical topics 90 9
Research work I 275 9
Specialized elective courses Ure ECTS
Acceleration and transport of charged particles 60 6
Advanced quantum mechanics 60 6
Astrophysics 90 9
Cosmology 60 9
Functional materials 60 6
High Energy Astrophysics 60 9
Nanoelectronics 60 6
Physics of phase transitions 90 9
Relativity 90 9
Surface physics 90 9
X-ray spectroscopy 45 6

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Master thesis 540 18
Research work II 305 12
Specialized elective courses Ure ECTS
Advanced numerical methods 60 9
Advanced solid state physics 90 9
Dark matter physics 60 6
Experimental methods and detectors in high energy astrophysics 60 9
Magnetism and superconductivity 60 6
Multi-wavelength view on astrophysical objects 90 9
Physics of semiconductors and semiconductor devices 60 6
Selected topics from astrophysics and astroparticle physics 60 6