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Masters Programme

The programme is being hosted by the University of Cape Town, Students will spend the first semester at UCT completing the taught component of the Masters. This consists of 5 NASSP courses taught by distinguished South African researchers, flown in from research institutions participating in NASSP.

Thereafter, students will work on a research topic under the supervision of scientists from one of the institutions participating in NASSP and be registered for an MSc at that institution. Students could also be co-supervised by scientists from the NRF National Facilities such as the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Programme Outline

The taught part of the masters programme (coded AST5003F) requires 5 units. Each units corresponds to 24 lectures and 6 tutorials. Courses on the following topics will be presented (provisional list)

Course
Units
Lecturer
Affiliation
Radio interferometry
1
Prof
Oleg
Smirnov
(SKA/RU)
Plasma Physics
1
Prof
Manfred
Hellberg
(UKZN)
Magnetohydrodynamics
1
Dr
Shimul
Maharaj
(SANSA)
Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
1
Dr
Dr
Pieter
Zama
Kotze
Katamzi
(SANSA)
(SANSA)
Theoretical Cosmology
1
Prof
Roy
Maartens
(UWC)
Cataclysmic Variables
1
Prof
Brian
Warner
(UCT)
Extragalactic Astronomy
1
Dr
Tom
Jarrett
(UCT)
Advanced General Relativity
1
Prof
Peter
Dunsby
(UCT)
High Energy Astrophysics and Pulsars
1
Prof
Dr
Petrus
Lee
Meintjies
Townsend
(UFS)
(UCT)
Time Series And Data Analysis
1
Dr
Dr
Chris
Carel
Engelbrecht
Olivier
(UJ)
(SANSA)
Stellar Structure and Evolution
1
Prof
Thebe
Medupe
(NWU)
Observational Cosmology
1
Prof
Prof
Romeel
Mario
Dave
Santos
(UWC/SAAO/Aims)
(UWC)
Space Weather
1
Dr
Pierre
Cilliers
(SANSA)
Computational Astrophysics
1
Dr
Andreas
Faltenbacher
(Wits)


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