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Cosmology and Structure Formation

Module PH2248

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.

Module version of SS 2017

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20SS 2018SS 2017

Basic Information

PH2248 is a semester module in language at which is offered irregularly.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specialization Modules in Elite-Master Program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h  h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2248 in the version of SS 2017 was Mathias Garny.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Foundations of modern cosmology: Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric, Friedmann equations, expansion, early Universe, perturbative expansion around the homogeneous solution, cosmic microwave background radiation, acoustic oscillations, structure formation, power spectrum, linear vs non-linear regime, impact of cosmic neutrino background and neutrino mass, origin of density perturbations and inflation

Learning Outcome

Theoretical tools for tackling questions in modern cosmology, solving Friedmann equations, computation of the evolution of density perturbations, understanding the relevant physical processes and their theoretical description


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics. Knowledge of general relativity is helpful, but not compulsory.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Cosmology and Structure Formation Garny, M. Tue, 16:00–18:00, PH 3343
Thu, 12:00–14:00, PH 3344
UE 2 Exercise to Cosmology and Structure Formation Garny, M. dates in groups

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam of 90 minutes the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 45 minutes.

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