Stellar Astrophysics

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Stellar Astrophysics

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The first part of this module is concerned with our understanding of the births, lives and deaths of stars.
    The starting point is the observational study and classification of stars, arriving at the Hertzsprung-Russell
    and Mass-Luminosity diagrams. The physics of stars, including the mechanisms by which stars support themselves
    against gravitational collapse, and how they derive power from nuclear processes and generate elements heavier
    than Helium, is then examined. The conditions necessary for stars to form are derived and a considerable
    section of the course is reserved for the compact object end-points of stellar evolution - White Dwarfs,
    Neutron Stars and Pulsars. The final section of the course is dedicated to astronomical instrumentation
    where the design of telescopes used in astronomy to detect electromagnetic radiation from radio waves to
    gamma rays is explored. The module draws on ideas and laws from many different areas of physics and so a
    reasonable background in physics is expected for students to undertake this course. The module involves
    a significant number of in-class problem solving sessions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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