The Institute of Space Sciences is co-organizer, together with the IFAE, of the Postgraduate Program of High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
, part of the doctoral program of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) that has been awarded with the Spanish Mention of Quality
. The master program has a one-year duration (60 ECTS) and its goal is to provide students with the essential tools necessary to start a research career in any of the disciplines taught in the program.
There are two branches within the program, High Energy Physics (HEP) and Astronomy and Cosmology (ASTRO). In each branch there are 45 ECTS dedicated to mandatory courses (30 ECTS, some common to both branches) and the Master Thesis (15 ECTS), and 15 ECTS for free elective courses. The direct involvement of the Institute of Space Sciences in the master encompass half of the total ECTS of the master as a whole and all the courses within the mandatory part of the ASTRO branch.
There are more than 15 staff and senior postdocs at the Institute delivering lectures in different courses of the master and acting as advisors in Master Thesis. The courses with direct involvement from the Institute range from planetary and stellar sciences to cosmology and high energy physics, and include theoretical and observational aspects as well as astronomical instrumentation.
Between 15-20 students from Spain and Europe take part every year in the program, with about 50% choosing the ASTRO branch, carrying out the scientific research for their Master Thesis at the Institute of Space Science, with many students later staying to start a PhD program.