Welcome to Doctor Program in Astronomy

Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program Institut Teknologi Bandung is the main draft for research activities at ITB, so that these results can be beneficial to the community as well as to foster and sharpen knowledge in the fields of science, technology and art. After attending the Doctoral Program at ITB education, the graduates are expected to have a deep understanding of science in the field of study chosen, and can independently carry out research that benefit society and contribute to the advancement of science, technology and art at the international level.

Doctoral programs in the field of astronomy based on research, that the doctoral students doing research for a dissertation, the results constitute a contribution in astronomy ‘proper’, as a work of original research. Thus Curriculum Doctoral Program are closely linked to research programs under the umbrella of the Scientific Research Group of Astronomy.

The curriculum of the doctoral program in 2013 set the minimum load of 40 credits, and a curriculum that is integrated, so that the doctoral program is a continuous chain of curriculum courses and Masters. If examinees reception doctoral programs rated academically talented enough, but the academic ability as reflected in the mastery of the material is insufficient, then the participant can follow additional lectures recognized with maximum load 9 credits in accordance with needs. The course is recognized in the doctoral program is subject courses.

To measure the students’ ability to follow the doctoral program and carry out research with high scientific quality results, then before executing the following principal research programs, each doctoral student must pass a qualifying exam. Qualification Exam Objectives are for the doctoral students demonstrate the ability to perform and complete the study, which indicated among other things that the mastery of knowledge underlying the research, the ability to plan a detailed study, as well as other capabilities that are deemed necessary. The weight of credits a qualifying exam is set 3 credits.

After graduating from the qualifying exam, the student will be a student doctoral candidates, and conduct research in a structured under the guidance of the Promoter and Co-promoters that have been set by the Faculty KPPS. Qualifying exam can be taken between the end of the first half and the end of the semester all four, since accepted as student of the Doctoral Program. Qualification exams can be taken a maximum of two times. Research activities began with baseline studies, preparation of proposals, and presentation of proposals, with a load of 5 credits, which are designed to be completed in one semester. Once the proposal is approved, the research activities carried out in a structured and evacuated on a regular basis in the form of seminars and research progress report each semester, for 5 semesters, with each semester of the load for a minimum of 5 credits. Each research progress report delivered in an open seminar involving KPPS. In the final semester of the third year students of doctoral candidates take a trial to defend a doctoral dissertation, a load of 3 credits. The approximate length of the normal study for doctoral education program is 6 semesters.


Learning Outcome

Having entirely fulfilled all the study requirements, students who have completed their Undergraduate Program in Astronomy are able to:

  1. Comprehend the basic knowledge of natural science in terms of its fundamental laws and the logic of mathematical relations.
  2. Identify and solve scientific problems using scientific method within its professional ethics.
  3. Reason the working of the universe and its contents (planetary system, stellar system, realms of galaxies) through astronomy and astrophysics.
  4. Perform basic astronomical tasks: to collect observational data using telescope, to analyze and interpret data.
  5. Apply established scientific method using advanced physics, mathematics, and computations in solving astronomical and astrophysical problems.
  6. Explore interdisciplinary subjects and technology in fields related to astronomy.
  7. Communicate their scientific knowledge and skills in oral presentation and written report.
  8. Recognize the past/present/future scientific mission and exploration, the availability of scientific data, and the relevant community.
  9. Work ethically as an individual as well as a team and develop a good attitude towards cooperation.
  10. Follow the development of scientific knowledge and apply scientific thinking in a wide range of work places and various contemporary challenges.
  11. Recognize the place and role of astronomy in human civilization and maintain strong enthusiasm in science.

In addition to the above LOs, a majority of astronomy graduates has good understanding of the role of astronomy in science education and is involved in communicating science to the general public. Students also possess the basic knowledge and skills needed for Master’s level studies.

Curriculum Year 2013


Compulsory Courses

No Code Name SKS
1 KU7080

Filsafat Sains

2 AS7060

Metodologi Penelitian

(Methods in Research)

3 AS7091 Ujian Kualifikasi*) 3
4 AS7092 Penyusunan Proposal 3
5 AS8093 Penelitian & Seminar Kemajuan I 5
6 AS8094 Penelitian & Seminar Kemajuan II 5
7 AS9095 Penelitian & Seminar Kemajuan III 5
8 AS9096 Penelitian & Seminar Kemajuan IV 5
9 AS9097 Ujian Disertasi 3

*) Ujian Kualifikasi dilakukan paling lambat dalam Semester 2

Elective Courses

No Code Name SKS
1 AS7010 Kosmologi**) 3
2 AS7020 Fisika Galaksi**) 3
3 AS7030 Fisika Bintang**) 3
4 AS7040 Fisika Tata Surya**) 3

**) Jumlah sks mata kuliah pilihan wajib astronomi sesuai rekomendasi dosen wali atau promotor; maksimum 6 sks, dan selebihnya dapat diambil sebagai pilihan jika dikehendaki. Bagi mahasiswa program doktor yang bukan berasal dari S2 Astrofisika Lanjut atau yang lulus dari Astrofisika Lanjut lebih dari 5 tahun, wajib mengambil semua mata kuliah pilihan.


Admission to our undergraduate program is conducted centrally by the ITB and the national committee on student selection for university studies. Management of student admission for all faculty and school within ITB is centrally-organized at Directorate of Education of ITB. Since 2011, ITB has been using national-level student admission system. The national admission committee is composed from all state university delegates.

Based on regulation of Ministry of Education No. 034/2010, student admission for state university is categorized into two types:

  1. a) Student admission based on written and skill test
  2. b) Student admission based on academic performance (non-written and skill test)

Start from 2008, all new accepted students enrolled in faculty/school of ITB. The new student does not directly enter study program. After one year in common preparation level, student enters study program. Since the capacity of each study program is limited, faculty/school develops certain criteria for every study program.

Detail information for international student, please refers to

International Relation Office