Study Space Science
The Birkeland Centre’s primary objective is to try to understand the Earth’s relationship to space. To this end, BCSS has identified four areas of research:
- Asymmetric Geospace: When and why are the auroras in the two hemispheres asymmetric?
- Dynamic Ionosphere: How do we get beyond the large-scale static picture of the ionosphere?
- Particle Precipitation: What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system?
- Gamma-ray Flashes: What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms in geospace?
The organization of Birkeland Centre – four groups with overlapping research interests – makes for a unique opportunity to study space science. The collaborative nature of BCSS, both inter-group and across three nodes (UiB, NTNU and UNIS), means that the doctoral student will be exposed to a wide-ranging spectrum of space science topics.
Phd candidates at the UiB are university employees. As projects and positions become available, they will be listed here.
Whether you are planning to become a teacher in higher education, work in industry, or continue your studies to the doctoral level, a Master’s degree in space physics can be invaluable in helping you reach your career goals. You will be able to apply the skills you learn during your studies – programming, mathematical analysis, presentation skills – to a great many other areas.
Sample of relevant courses in space physics:
- Phys 251: Near Earth Space (UiB)
- Phys 252: Experimental Methods in Space Physics (UiB)
- Phys 350: Space Plasma Physics (UiB)
- Phys 352: Selected topics in ionospheric physics (UiB)
- AGF-345: Polar magnetospheric substorms (UNIS)
- AGF-301: The upper Polar Atmosphere (UNIS)
- AGF-304: Radar diagnostics of Space Plasma (UNIS)