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Astronomy, Degree Project

The degree project aims to give you both insights and experience with scientific research. Key moments are the planning, execution and reporting of your research project. You will produce a scientific report and present your research results orally in a scientific seminar.

Information for admitted students Spring 2022

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Everyone admitted to a course at the Department of Astronomy will receive a welcome letter with important information via e-mail. If you have not receive the mail by mid-January, please contact our study advisor!


Courses at the Department of Astronomy do not have a roll-call. Instead the course starts with the first lecture.


After being admitted to a course, you must register to confirm that you are starting your studies. For most of our courses this can be done online using your university account. Registration normally opens two weeks before the course starts and you must have registered at the latest one week after the first lecture. If you have any problems with registration, contact our student office. Contact details can be found below.

Click here to register online.

Learning platform

All courses at our department use the Athena learning platform. Once registered, the course should appear automatically in Athena. If you cannot find the course, contact the course coordinator.

Conditionally admitted

If you are conditionally admitted to a course at our department you need to contact our study advisor before you can register. Contact us as soon as possible, well before the course starts. Contact details are found further down on this web page.

Applicants on waiting list

Are you placed on a waiting list to any of our courses? You will always be contacted by e-mail if you  are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the firsts lecture.

Find the Departmend of Astronomy

All our courses are held in the AlbaNova building, located between the Frescati campus and the Royal Institute of Technology (Tekniska högskolan, KTH).

Find AlbaNova.

Education during autumn 2021

Courses at the Department of Astronomy given during spring 2022 will have teaching on campus. But if recommendations or restrictions from the Swedish government and the public health authority changes, we will update information on the format of teaching in the schedule and on the Athena learning platform. If you have questions you can contact the course coordinator; contact details are found further down on this web page.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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This course normally constitutes the completion of your bachelor studies in astronomy. The degree project can be seen as an internship in a research group during which you will execute a research project but will also become part of the group and experience what it is like to work in a research environment. The project will contain new research even though the time frame is of course limited to 10 weeks.
As a part of the degree project you will also participate in the course “Science Ethics” (“Vetenskaplighet”) in which you will learn about the different ethical aspects associated with scientific research.

  • Course structure

    The course is given every term and can be taken either as a full time or 50% course. It is part of the bachelor programme in astronomy but can also be read as a separate course if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. The research project will make use of English but the course “Science Ethics” is given in Swedish.
    Together with your supervisor you will produce a description of the planned research project which has to be approved by the examination group.

    Teaching format

    The research internship does not involve any scheduled teaching as your project will be individual. You will meet your supervisor for at least one hour every week to receive guidance. The course “Science Ethics” consists of four seminars.


    The examination will be in the form of both a written scientific report and an oral presentation in the form of  a scientific seminar. The course “Science Ethics” uses a written exam.


    Your main examiner will be one of the members of the examination group which at the moment consists of Alexis Brandeker, Dan Kiselman and Claes Fransson.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Every research project has its own literature list which you will initially be given by your supervisor and later on will expand on your own. This literature can consist of (parts of) textbooks and scientific articles. The course “Science Ethics” uses the compendium ”Konsten att vara vetenskaplig” written by Hansson, Sven-Ove (2007)

  • Contact

    The academic advisor and student office can be contacted via