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MS Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomy is the oldest branch of natural science that deals with heavenly objects. Night sky observations of prehistoric cultures helped them to learn about seasons, phases of moon, eclipses and celestial navigation. Galileo Galilei first pointed telescope towards the heavens and realized that heavenly body are not unchanging spherical objects, rather evolving entities with variety of shapes and sizes. By applying laws of physics, astrophysicists try to understand the origin, structure, and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

Fuelled by technological developments, the field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. A new generation of spaceborne telescopes such as Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray observatory and the Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope together with advanced ground-based telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics.

Important discoveries have been made within our own solar system through explorations of robotic spacecraft and landers. Precise observations of centres of galaxies including our own Milky Way Galaxy revealed that most galaxies, if not all, harbour central supermassive black hole responsible for extremely energetic and exotic phenomena associated with quasars and radio galaxies. We also discovered that universe is expanding with ever increasing rate suggesting that we are living in an epoch of dark energy dominated universe. With CMB data from WMAP and PLANCK, we understand a great deal about large scale structure formation. The MS program in Astronomy and Astrophysics focuses on underlying physics of phenomena beyond the Earth, theory, data analysis and modeling techniques, which will undoubtedly play a prominent role in international basic research. The key areas of focus include Gravitational Physics, Galaxy Evolution, Dynamics and Evolution of Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxy Centres, Modeling of Galaxy Mergers, Gravitational Waves Data Analysis, Solar Plasma Physics The main objectives of the program are initiation in scientific research and training in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

PEO 1: Develop and strengthen the subject of Astronomy & Astrophysics in the country.

PEO 2: Meet the needs of national/international academia and research organizations.

PEO 3: Contribute to research in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics at national and international level.

PLO-1:
Attain thorough scientific knowledge in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

PLO-2:
Be able to use their analytical, numerical and observational techniques in academia and research organizations.

PLO-3:
Be able to do research in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Semester Subject Credit Hours
1 Astronomy and Astrophysics (Core Course) 3-0
Theoretical Astrophysics (Core Course) 3-0
Mathematical Methods for Physicists (Core Course) 3-0
2 Advanced Electrodynamics (Core Course) 3-0
Astrostatistics 3-0
Elective-I 3-0
3 Elective-II 3-0
Elective-III 3-0
Thesis-I 3-0
4 Thesis-II 3-0
Credit Hours: 30 (24 + 6)

Elective Courses

  1. Gravitational waves Data Analysis
  2. Observational Astronomy
  3. Computational Astronomy
  4. Plasma Physics I
  5. Plasma Physics II
  6. General Relativity
  7. High energy Astrophysics
  8. Experimental Techniques in Plasmas
  9. Cosmology
  10. Binary Stars
  11. Spacecraft Environmental Interactions
  • BS/ BE/ equivalent (16 Years of education) with a strong background in Space Science / Physics / Mathematics with minimum CGPA ≥ 2.00 out of 4.00 or ≥ 60% marks (where CGPA not available) from HEC and PEC (where applicable) recognized Institute/University or from Foreign Institute/University of good repute.
  • GAT-A or GAT-C (General) conducted by NTS in the relevant field of study with ≥ 50% marks or HAT (General) conducted by HEC in the relevant field of study with ≥ 50% marks or GRE International (General) conducted by ETS, USA, with minimum score as Quantitative: 150, Verbal: 150, Analytical: 3.5
One Time Charges Zero Semester* Regular Semester**
Local Fee
(Pak Rs)*
Intl Fee
(US $)*
Local Fee
(Pak Rs)+
Intl Fee
(US $)+
Admission Fee 20,000/- 2,000/- 20,000/- 2,000/-
Endowment Fund 5,000/- 250/- 5,000/- 250/-
Library Development Fund 5,000/- 250/- 5,000/- 250/-
Total One Time Charges 30,000 2,500/- 30,000/- 2,500/-
Per Semester Charges (Pak Rs) (US $) (Pak Rs) (US $)
Tuition Fee 20,000/- 1,050/- 55,000/- 4,250/-
Sports Fee 250/- 15/- 500/- 50/-
Service Charges 1,000/- 15/- 2,000/- 50/-
Library Fee 250/- 15/- 500/- 50/-
Laboratory Fee 500/- 30/- 1,000/- 100/-
Safe/ Smart Campus Charges 1,000/- 35/- 2,000/- 250/-
Total Per Semester Charges 23,000/- 1,160/- 61,000/- 4,750/-
*MS Programs (Zero Semester) For RS&GIS NCRG Karachi only
**All MS & PhD Programs (Regular Semester)

Optional Charges per Semester

Hostel Charges Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
Dormitory Charges Pak. Rs. 38,500/- US $ 600/-
Shuttle Service Charges Pak. Rs. 3,500/- Pak. Rs. 3,500/-
Washing Charges Pak. Rs. 4,000- Pak. Rs. 4,000-
Transport Charges Pak. Rs. 22,000/- Pak. Rs. 22,000/-
Locker Rent Pak. Rs. 800/- Pak. Rs. 800/-

Continual Enrollment Fee per semester

Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
after 4th semester of BS Programs =All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course
(Rs. 9,000 + Rs. 20,550 = Rs. 29,550 + Fee of any Registered Course)
after 4th semester of BS Programs =All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course
(US $ 370 + US $ 1,200 = US $ 1,570 + Fee of any Registered Course)
after 4th/6th semester of MS/PhD Programs=All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course
(Rs. 6,000 + Rs. 6,850 = Rs. 12,550 + Fee of any Registered Course)
after 4th/6th semester of MS/PhD Programs =All Service Charges + 1 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course
(US $ 370 + US $ 400 = US $ 770 + Fee of any Registered Course)

Notes;

Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
(a) Repeat/Add Course Fee will be Rs 6,850 per credit hour. Repeat/Add Course Fee @ US $ 400/- per credit hour will be charged.
(b) All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time. All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time.
(c) Charges are applicable only if services are offered by IST. Charges are applicable only if services are offered by IST.
(d) All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR. All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR.
(e) Health Insurance for student may be arranged by the Institute and charges / Premium will be charged as per actual. Health Insurance for student may be arranged by the Institute and charges / Premium will be charged as per actual.
(f) Student ID Card Fee is Rs. 500. Student ID Card Fee is Rs. 500/-.
(g) Application processing Fee will be Rs. 2500 Application processing Fee will be US $ 100/- through direct remittance in IST Bank Account.
(h) Freeze charges will be Rs. 5,000 per semester. Freeze charges will be US $. 500/- for each semester.
(i) Transcript Fee will be Rs. 1000 each. Transcript fee will be US $. 50/- (or equivalent to PKR) each.
(j) Degree Fee Rs. 5,000 will be charged in the last semester. Degree Fee US $. 250/- will be charged in the last semester.
(k) Duplicate Degree fee will be Rs. 10,000. Duplicate Degree fee will be US $. 500/-(or equivalent to PKR).
(l) Verification fee will be Rs. 1,000 per document. Verification fee will be US $. 50/- (or equivalent to PKR) per document.