General Information

Detailed information for students and for (future) astrophysicists at all career stages can be found on the website of the Astrophysics Network Potsdam. The Astrophysics Network Potsdam is a cross-institutional specialized alliance of scientific research groups that conduct research and teaching in astronomy/astrophysics in Potsdam. Professors from the network also have shaped the English-language Master's programme in Astrophysics that is being offered by the University of Potsdam since 2016.

Bachelor and Master thesis projects

Students enrolled at the University of Potsdam have the opportunity to work on their final projects (bachelor and master theses) for a degree in physics or similar disciplines at the AIP. At the moment, seven professors and lecturers at AIP can officially supervise such projects at the University of Potsdam. The research-oriented, communicative, international atmosphere at AIP is an additional training for the students' further careers.

Interested and qualified students from other - especially close-by - universities are also welcome to do their projects at the AIP if this is in accordance with their own university's regulations. General information about studying in Germany can be found online at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


PhD students

It is also possible to work on a PhD project at the AIP. Formally, the dissertation is always associated to a university - most to the University of Potsdam - and it is the university which decides on the regulations for beginning and successfully completing your PhD. The project work itself and the publication of your results is done at the AIP, where the students are fully integrated in a research group, allowing intense interaction and exchange with other PhD students and scientists. Topics for PhD theses at AIP are normally associated to available PhD positions. As the number of available jobs varies, interested students should check the job openings page and get in touch with potential supervisers well in advance.

Since January 2012, we have established a Structured Doctoral Training Program in Astrophysics – a combined and steady framework for the supervision and training of doctorate students in astronomy and astrophysics at Universität Potsdam (UP), at the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and at DESY/Zeuthen with the intention to optimally prepare our students for a professional career in research and technology.

As of April 2013, in collaboration with the University of Potsdam, the Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics has started. Students in eight PhD projects focus on the »quantitative« aspects of astrophysical spectroscopy, going beyond »descriptive« astronomy and promoting the advancement of a physical understanding of cosmic objects.