Most astronomers do not work directly with astronomy after completing a master's degree. Instead you work with development, applied research, teaching, and investigation in a number of areas in business and the public sector.
The knowledge and experience you acquire in applying mathematics, physics and computer science to solve problems while working with your master's thesis in astronomy is highly sought after in business and government, from technology and IT companies to research institutions.
Former master students have been employed in a variety of companies, such as SINTEF, the Norwegian Defense Research Institute and Telenor. The work tasks are often within research and development, modeling and data analysis.
There will be a great demand for lecturers in science in upper secondary schools and elementary schools in the coming years. If you take an annual unit in practical education, you will have a good background for teaching in science.
Some of the master's degree students who achieve very good results pursue a research career in astronomy.
First step is a doctorate (PhD) of 3 to 4 years at the University of Oslo or at a university abroad.
The programme can be financed through a fellowship funded by the University of Oslo or by the Norwegian Research Council.
Read more about research education in science at UiO.