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Admission to the Astronomy education programme
in the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences
education in the JU Astronomical Observatory
language of education: English

The education programme covers many areas of modern astrophysics:

  • photometric and spectroscopic studies of optically variable objects
  • radio astronomy of galaxies and radio galaxies
  • numerical magnetohydrodynamics and numerical kinetic modelling of plasma
  • applications of computer algebra techniques to astrophysics
  • theoretical and observational high-energy astrophysics (X and gamma rays, cosmic rays)
  • theoretical relativistic astrophysics and cosmology
  • study of extremely low-frequency waves on Earth

The Astronomical Observatory of Jagiellonian University actively engages in diverse projects and collaborations within the field of astronomy. We contribute to research in ESO, have access to the SALT optical telescope and collaborate on high-energy astrophysics projects such as HESS and CTA (gamma-ray astrophysics). We are also a part of the network of LOFAR radio telescopes array. Furthermore, our researchers conduct observations and utilize data from a range of world-class instruments, including the VLA network, the 100m Effelsberg radio telescope, and space-based X-ray observatories such as Chandra, XMM, and Fermi. Additionally, we make use of data from space-bound optical telescopes like TESS, GAIA and participate in the VIRGO gravitational waves detector project. This comprehensive approach enables us to contribute to and benefit from a diverse range of astronomical research initiatives.

See also:

The Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University website.
Explore the buildings anf instruments of the Observatory in a virtual tour.
A subpage dedicated to this education programme.


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How to apply?

  1. Check the admissions schedule.
  2. Read the rules and detailed conditions of admission.
  3. Collect the required documents.
  4. Apply in the Online Application System (IRK).
  5. Take the exam.
  6. Make an enrolment in the Doctoral School.

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Admission schedule

for Astronomy Education Programme

1st round:

  • 21. May 2024 – Opening of registration in IRK System
  • 29. May 2024 – Closing of registration in IRK System
  • 5. June 2024 – Entrance exams
  • 6. June 2024 – Committee meeting 
  • 8. July 2024 – Announcement of results
  • 9-31. July and 1-6 September 2024 – Enrollment to the Doctoral School*
  • 7-10 September 2024 –  Enrolment in the Doctoral School from the reserve list*

*enrollment possible during working hours of Secretariats of the Education Programmes

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Admission limits

  • 1st round – 4 doctoral students

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Open grant admissions

There are currently no open grant admissions at Astronomy

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The information presented on this subpage applies to admission for the academic year 2024/25. Documents such as admission rules, list of required documents, education programme and others may change in the next admission. Most documents differ for each education programme. Always check the documents on the sub-page of the programme to which you are applying.