Introduction to Astro Physics

Module PH2058

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2058 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2058 is Frank Eisenhauer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Radiation and matter
  • telescopes and satellite experiments
  • stars: Global properties, spectra, structure
  • stellar evolution and final stages of stars
  • interstellar medium
  • cosmic distance 
  • Galaxies: Overview
  • black holes, active galaxies
  • spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, dwarf galaxies
  • clusters of galaxies and dark matter
  • cosmology, Large scale structure formation 

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module, the student has an overview about the current state of astrophysics and its methods, the basis for further, more in-depth lectures and seminars in the field of astrophysics, and is able to study advanced original and current scientific literature 



No prerequisites that are not already included in the prerequisites for the Master’s programmes.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Oral presentation, discussion




A. Unsöld, B. Baschek: "The new cosmos", Springer, ISBN 3-540-67877-8

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.