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:
- Dynamics of the asymmetric geospace: When and why are the auroras in the two hemispheres asymmetric?
- Theory and modeling: How does magnetic reconnection work?
- 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.
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.
Upcoming Research Schools
- Solar Impact on the Winter Polar Atmosphere – from space to surface: March 11-15, 2019
- Atmospheric Electricity and Hard Radiation from Thunderclouds: May 20-24, 2019
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)