The Physics of Galaxies 2020/2021 (10 credits)

Spring 2021, 67 %, Campus

Start date: 23 March 2021

End date: 6 June 2021

Application Deadline: 15 October 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-63082 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:

Galaxy morphology, distances and dimensions. Light distribution, colours and stellar components. Magnetic fields. Kinematics, dynamics and masses. The Milky Way, the Local Group and the Local Supercluster. The local velocity field. Galaxy clusters and large scale structure. Distribution of galaxies, radio sources and quasars at different cosmic epochs. Luminosity function. The intergalactic medium. Galaxy formation and early star formation. Gas flows and chemical evolution. Dynamical and morphological evolution. Interacting galaxies. Active galaxies and quasars.

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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