Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D Programme

IIA is happy to announce the launch of the integrated M.Sc-Ph.D Programme in Physics and Astrophysics in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. The programme will admit bright, highly motivated students with Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering, selected on an all-India basis. Selected candidates will be offered a studentship of Rs.10,000/- pm, an annual book grant, accommodation, and medical facilities during the M.Sc course. The programme will be conducted at IIA, Bangalore in the residential and face-to-face mode.


 

Further details on the programme

Upon successful completion of two years in the programme the candidates will be awarded a Masters' Degree. The candidates with a minimum Grade Point would continue to work for their Ph.D. advancing the topic of their M.Sc. dissertation with the same guide or if necessary embark upon a new subject with another guide. They will be paid fellowship of Rs. 16,000/- pm beginning the third year, and Rs. 18,000/- pm beginning the fifth year of the programme. The normal duration of the IPhD programme will be 6 years, including the minimum 2 years for the Masters' Degree. The candidates would satisfy all the administrative requirements of The University along the way and submit their Ph.D. thesis to The University not later than the end of the sixth year.

 

Curriculum

For the first two years of the programme the students will undergo a set of core-courses and laboratory work in Physics and also be introduced to astronomy/astrophysics in a research environment at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
The curriculum is designed in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Core physics courses that are taught in regular MSc programmes in the country which lay the foundation for research in any area of Physics but also prepare the students for specialized courses in Astrophysics.
  2. Emphasis on the basic principles of physics with applications to astrophysics wherever possible.
  3. Emphasis on problem solving and laboratory skills
  4. Theory courses to have lectures as well as tutorial sessions.
  5. Astrophysics courses offered in the second year.
  6. Sufficient exposure to electronics and instrumentation to provide the interested students the necessary skills to take up projects in the many ground or space based astronomical telescope, instrument and detector development programmes that are in progress in IIA. The instrumentation lab, in addition to a few set up experiments, would involve a project.
  7. The core physics will include a laboratory on experiments in basic physics, laying some emphasis on optics and spectroscopy. In order to have a lot of coverage there would be numerous experiments.
  8. Emphasis on modern trends in the topics covered with best use made of the expertise available at IIA.


Course Structure

S.No.

Semester

Course Code

Topic of the course

Course Type

Compulsory

/Optional

Nature

Theory

/Practical

/Project

Credits

1, S1

IPS11

Mathematical Methods

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

2, S1

IPS12

Classical Mechanics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

3, S1

IPS13

Quantum Mechanics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

4, S1

IPS14

Electronics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

5, S1

IPS15L

Physics Lab

Compulsory

Practical

6

Total

22

6, S2

IPS21

Statistical Physics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

7, S2

IPS22

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

8, S2

IPS23

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

9, S2

IPS24

Electrodynamics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

10, S2

IPS25L

Electronics Lab

Compulsory

Practical

6

Total

22

11, S3

IPS31

Fundamentals of Astrophysics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

12, S3

IPS32

Radiative Process

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

13, S3

IPS33

Stellar Physics

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

14, S3

IPS34

Fluids and Plasmas

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

15, S3

IPS35

Astronomical Techniques

Compulsory

Theoretical

4

16, S3

IPS36L

Optics Lab

Compulsory

Practical

6

Total

26

17, S4

IPS4P

Research Project

Compulsory

Project

12

18, S4

IPS41

Solid State Physics

 


Optional

Any Two

 

Theoretical

4

19, S4

IPS42

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Theoretical

4

20, S4

IPS43

Physical Optics

Theoretical

4

21, S4

IPS44

General Relativity and Cosmology

Theoretical

4

22, S4

IPS45

Physics of Compact Objects

Theoretical

4

23, S4

IPS46

Diffuse Matters in Space

Theoretical

4

24, S4

IPS47

Stellar Atmospheres

Theoretical

4

25, S4

IPS48

Galactic Structure

Theoretical

4

26, S4

IPS49

Sun and Solar System

Theoretical

4

26, S4

IPS40

Numerical Techniques

Theoretical

4

Total

20

 

Compulsory Total (82) + Optional Total (08) Grand Total =90

1 credit represents one contact hour per week. The student would require to fulfill 18 credits in each semester and laboratory courses have 6 credits each. Core and Elective courses are marked by $ and * respectively. Two elective courses are compulsory.

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The memorandum of collaboration (MOC) has been signed on 25th April, 2008 between the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). The course would be commencing from 15 July 2008. From left to right: V. Krishan (Dean, academics), S.S. Hasan (Director), K. Laxman (Registrar, IGNOU), C.K. Ghosh (Nodal officer for IIA &IGNOU collaboration) & S.K. Saha (chair, Board of Graduate Studies)

Last updated 26.06.2012