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The Ph.D. is 4 years long and students are expected to start research activities during their first semester in one of the following research areas:

Planetary systems: extrasolar planets, high-contrast imaging, planet formation, protoplanetary disks, and laboratory astrophysics of cosmic dust.

Stellar and Galactic astronomy: galactic archeology, stellar spectroscopy, stellar evolution, and galactic transients.

Extragalactic astronomy: Active Galactic Nuclei, supernovae, extragalactic transients, submillimeter galaxies, and galaxy evolution.

The program started in 2019. We offer a variety of courses which are decided on a semester-to-semester basis depending on the interest and need of the students.

Detailed description of our PhD program: EnglishSpanish

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                                  Initial Cycle
1° semester 2° semester 3° semester Qualification exam
Stellar and Galactic astronomy

(8 credits)

Planetary systems or elective course (8 credits) Extragalactic astronomy or elective course (8 credits)
Research Project 1

(16 credits)

Research Project II

(16 credits)

Thesis Project

(16  credits)

Topics in Astrophysics (colloquia/astro-ph)

(6 credits)

Topics in Astrophysics II (colloquia/astro-ph)

(6 credits)

Topics in Astrophysics III (colloquia/astro-ph)

(6 credits)



                                Thesis cycle
4° semester 5° semester 6° semester 7° semester 8° semester Thesis defense
Doctoral Thesis  I

(30 credits)

Doctoral Thesis II

(30 credits)

Doctoral Thesis III

(30 credits)

Doctoral Thesis IV

(30 credits)

Doctoral  Thesis V

(30 credits)

Ongoing Topics in Astrophysics:

Astro-ph / colloquia



Funded by the joint committee ESO-Chile, each semester we have a special speaker from a Chilean Institution but outside Santiago who gives 2 lectures for every interested PhD student in Chile about a given subject.  Next workshop: 27-31 May 2019:

The art of modeling the spectral energy distribution of galaxies (by Mederic Boquien, U Antofagasta)