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Research Masters

The IAP hosts a second-year research Masters entitled "Astronomie, Astrophysique et Ingénierie Spatiale ("Astronomy, Astrophysics and Spatial Engineering" - AAIS); most of the classes take place at the Observatoire de Paris (on the Meudon and Paris campuses), and at the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS). This academic training is made jointly with Observatoire de Paris, and the Universities Paris 6 (UPMC), Paris 7 (Paris Diderot) and Paris 11 (Paris-Sud).

A short description of this second-year Masters, intended for possible candidates, is available at the following website: The official website of the AAIS Masters is hosted at the Observatoire de Paris: For more information, one can contact the secretary or the staff representatives of the second-year Masters, whose contact information is provided on the following web-page:

There is also a second-year "professional Masters" entitled "Outils et systèmes de l'astronomie et de l'espace" ("Tools and systems of astronomy and space" - OSAE). It is run by the Observatoire de Paris, the Paris 6 (UPMC), Paris 7 (Paris Diderot), Paris 11 (Paris-Sud) Universities, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. Unlike the "research Masters", the "professional Masters" is a five-year degree which generally leads to direct access to professional work, but does not prevent a student from continuing with a doctoral thesis. This academic training values astronomers’ know-how in terms of project management, advanced engineering, numerical techniques, etc. Students with this degree usually become system engineers or project leaders.

A large fraction of our doctorates are enrolled in the Ecole Doctorale d'Astrophysique de l'Ile-de-France (ED127).

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