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The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: ASM480
Spring 2021
50% Day
Period: 22 March 2021 - 6 June 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-21150
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a description of our current knowledge about the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium and the processes by which stars and planets form. Some of the items that will be discussed in detail are:

  • Overview of interstellar matter across the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Multi-phase interstellar medium. Gas and dust content of the Galaxy
  • Nebular spectra of active galactic nuclei and quasars
  • Photoionized nebulae
  • Sophisticated nebular modelling, including computer models
  • Molecular clouds: physics of H2 and CO molecules, interstellar chemistry
  • Initial conditions for the formation of stars
  • Formation of stars: Protostellar collapse, formation of disks, outflows, chemical evolution of protostars and young stellar objects
  • Interstellar gas dynamics

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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: To be eligible for the course ASM480 the student needs knowledge in mathematics and physics (including basic electromagnetism and spectroscopy/quantum physics) equivalent to a Bachelor's degree. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Majken Lundqvist,, 031-786 9143


Department of Physics
41296 Göteborg

Visiting address: Origovägen 6 B

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