The Physics of Stars 2020/2021 (10 credits)

Spring 2021, 67 %, Campus

Start date: 18 January 2021

End date: 22 March 2021

Application Deadline: 15 October 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-63061 Application

Language of Instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

Location: Uppsala

Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

Entry Requirements: 120 credits including 30 credits in mathematics and 60 credits in physics, including Astrophysics I.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 24167

Tuition fee, total: SEK 24167

Please note: Self studies in case of few participants.

About the course:

Elementary physics of gas and radiation in stellar interiors and stellar atmospheres. Interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. The state of matter in the Sun and stars, nuclear reactions, opacity. Energy transport in the Sun and stars. Equations of stellar structure.

Comparison between observations and predictions from theory. Formation of stars. Production of elements during different phases of stellar evolution. Red giants as advanced stages of stellar evolution. Solar and stellar variability and pulsation. Supernovae as engines of galactic evolution. Exotic stars: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes

More information


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 516, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 5952

Fax: 018-471 5999

Study counsellor


Telephone: +46 18 471 35 21