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Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics

Observations of the total solar eclipse of 29 May 1919 brought an end to the Newtonian description of the Universe, and paved the way for one governed by Einstein’s equations. This paradigm shift opened up a new cosmology, tying together particle physics, observational astronomy, and philosophy.

Summary of the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe.
Summary of the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos. Credit: Nasa

This course will give a short introduction to general relativity, gravitational radiation, gravitational lensing, Big Bang cosmology, cosmological parameters, thermodynamics in the early universe, the cosmic microwave background, cosmic inflation, and structure formation.

  • Course structure

    This is a Master's level course given at half speed during daytime.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of online lectures and problem solving sessions.


    The course is examined through written and/or oral exams.


    Edvard Mörtsell

    Phone: +468 5537 8535


  • 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.

    • ”Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics,” by I. Bergstrom and A. Goobar, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg (2004)
  • Course reports

  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    Edvard Mörtsell , phone: +468 5537 8535, e-mail:

    Aliki Litsa, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: