AST4007W - Astrophysics & Space Science Honours

160 credits at NQF level 8

Entry Requirements:

AST3002F and AST3003S or PHY3004W (or PHY3021F and PHY3022S) or MAM3040W or equivalent. Candidates with an Engineering background will also be considered. Enrollments are limited to 20 students. Candidates must satisfy the Steering Committee that they have sufficient background in Mathematics and Physics. Admission is subject to the approval of the Steering Committee and an application must be made before 30th September of the preceding year. Late applications will also be considered.

Course Outline:

The Honours course in Astrophysics & Space Science consists of courses presented by distinguished South African researchers from research institutions participating in NASSP. There is a theory component which includes courses in spectroscopy, electrodynamics, general relativity, general astrophysics, galaxies, computational physics, astrophysical fluid dynamics and computational methods, as well as an observational techniques component which includes optical and infrared astronomy and radio astronomy. In addition students will complete a mini research project as well as a main research project and go on a number of fieldtrips to the national facilities.