Starting your studies
This page provides important information for students who have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Astronomy, in order to prepare for the semester start.
When you have accepted the offer of admission, you will be assigned a UiO username and password (unless you have received this already). With a UiO username and password you will have access to the StudentWeb. The StudentWeb is the student's online registration service.
In the StudentWeb you have to:
- Register for each semester you are enrolled in the programme.
- Pay the semester fee.
- Check that you have been signed up (or sign up) for the following courses:
* As an alternative you can sign up for FYS4170 - Relativistic quantum field theory (only recommended if you are to write a thesis in theoretical cosmology).
** The course FYS4150 - Computational physics overlaps 100% with the course FYS3150 - Computational physics. If you have taken FYS3150 - Computational physics before starting your master's studies, the course can be included in the master's degree if it is not included in your bachelor's degree.
You will find more information about mandatory courses here.
If you haven't already, you need to obtain a student card/key card after you have registered and paid the semester fee. The student card is issued by the SiO Customer Service Centre. Once you have received the student card you can apply online for swipe-card access to the astrophysics building and the Study Room for students (located in the basement in the Astrophysics building).
Courses that are not listed under recommended courses:
If you plan to register for other courses than those recommended, please contact the programme coordinator as soon as possible. A course not listed will have to be approved if it is to be included in your Master's Degree. Please note that such a course may demand a different type of admission than the one obtained through the Master's Programme in Astronomy. More information here.
If you register for one of the recommended courses not listed in the study plan tables, you have to make sure that the course will not interfere with other courses you have registered in the same semester.
AST5960 - Master's thesis
You will, shortly after accepting the letter of admission, see the course AST5960 among your registered courses in the StudentWeb, do not delete it. The registration is for the Master's thesis of 60 credits and will be valid throughout your studies, a total of 4 semesters if you are a full time student.
Starting the semester:
The Autumn semester starts in mid-August. The first week is the orientation week (Buddy Week) with activities, registration, tours and social events. The Buddy Week for new students on the Master's programme in Astronomy is organised by the ITA student Council. Lectures starts in the second week and the groups/seminars start in the third week of the semester. You will find an overview of an academic year, including the start of the semester and holidays, here (Norwegian).
Information meeting for new master's students:
Once you have accepted the letter of admission you will receive an e-mail with information about date, time and place for the mandatory information meeting for new master's students. You will receive information about the programme, apply for access to the Astrophysics building, work stations and access to computer terminals. After the meeting there will be a guided tour in the building.