(National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP))
90 HEQF credits at level 9
Course co-ordinator(s): Professor P K S Dunsby
Entrance requirements: This programme is open to Honours graduates in Astronomy and Space Science (AST4007W), Physics (PHY4000W, PHY4001W, PHY4002W) or equivalent, and Engineering. Entrance is subject to a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Honours degree.
Course Outline: A selection of advanced topics presented by distinguished South African researchers from research institutions participating in NASSP. The courses vary from year to year but usually include cataclysmic variables, extragalactic astronomy, space technology, hot topics in cosmology, advanced general relativity, high energy astrophysics, observational cosmology, geomagnetism and aeronomy, plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics.
Assessment: On average, examinations of individual modules count 60% of the final result, and marked practical work counts 40%.