ASTRONOMY DEGREE

 

About the course:

A degree in astronomy will cover both theory and observation of events using professional equipments like telescopes at major observatories, which would mean travelling to different locations around the world. This degree will also invite you to sit for hours before your computer screen while analyzing numbers and equations and ascertaining the calculations are spot on.

Depending upon the university, no particular degree shall be required for this course. However, a keen interest in the following subjects shall prove favorable to you:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Statistics
  • Environmental science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

 

Entry requirements/Qualification:

 

  • For admission in Indian Universities, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with 45% marks (or equivalent grades) from a recognized university in any discipline.
  • While applying to foreign universities as an international student whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English, must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
  • While applying in foreign Universities, you shall be required to give a Statement of Purpose mentioning why you want to join this course and why you must be chosen for the same. In this highly competitive time, your SoP must be of high-class quality with impeccable English.

 

Documents required:

At the time of admission, you will require the following self-attested documents along with their originals. These documents are especially asked for by Indian Universities:

  • Class X Board Examination Certificate
  • Class X Marksheet
  • Class XII Marksheet
  • Class XII Provisional Certificate/Original Certificate
  • Character Certificate (recent)
  • SC/ST/PwD/CW/KM Certificate (in the name of the candidate) issued by the competent authority
  • OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificate (in the name of the Candidate) issued by the competent authority
  • Transfer Certificate from school/college
  • Migration Certificate from Board /University are required from those students who have passed senior secondary exam from outside Delhi.
  • Self-attested passport-size photographs.

Course content:

Pedagogy will be based on lectures, practicals, discussions, seminars, visits and work based in observatories. The course shall include usage of:

  • Telescopes,
  • Catalogues,
  • Star charts and
  • Computer-based images

Astronomy has various branches you can specialize in:

  • Astrophysics 
  • Cosmology 
  • Astrobiology 
  • Solar astrophysics
  • Planetary geology


Fees:

  • India: 15,000/- to over a lakh
  • Abroad: $15,000 to $25,000

 

Scholarships:

 

Course duration:

Undergraduate: Three or four years

Post-graduate: One or two years

 

Job prospects, future and industry overview:

  • Climate service specialist
  • Condensed matter research
  • Cosmologist
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Electrical equipment specialist
  • Photon scientist
  • Planetarium guide/lecturer
  • Environmental physicist
  • Exploration geophysicist
  • Flight management analyst
  • Geophysicist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Equipment designer
  • Optical physicist
  • Optical technician
  • Public relations specialist for space agencies/manufacturers
  • Laboratory technician
  • Molecular physicist
  • Particle physicist

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