Masters Program inAstronomy
In order to accommodate the interests and desires of students, to respond to changing societal demands and the future development of astronomy in Indonesia, in the Curriculum of Masters Program in Astronomy it is still deemed necessary to have two orientations for Masters Program in Astronomy. The first orientation is an emphasis on scientific ability and scientific development for the Doctoral program level, and the second is an emphasis on the ability to build professional competence (need to involve practitioners/professionals). The two Master of Astronomy skills/education pathways offered are:
(i) Advanced Astrophysics, (ii) Astronomy Development and Education.
Although in different work tracks, the two remained together in motivating for the development of astronomy.
The curriculum load in the two Astronomy master’s programs is 36 credits which are taken in 4 semesters. The maximum period of study for Masters in Astronomy is 3 years without leave. The core courses are 30 credits (including 9 credits of research and thesis writing) for the Advanced Astrophysics track and 27 credits (including 6 credits of research and thesis writing) for the Astronomy Development and Education track.
Broadly speaking, the Curriculum of Masters Program in Astronomy is divided into: a total of 4 semesters with 36 credits
- Advanced Astrophysics Track
- Compulsary: 30 credits
- Elective: 6 credits
- Astronomy Development and Education Track
- Compulsary: 27 credits
- Elective: 9 credits
The curriculum of Masters Program in Astronomy with the Advanced Astrophysics track can be seen as an integrated part (linear continuation) of the Bachelor program, where some of the lectures are oriented towards discussing deeper and broader material when compared to the Bachelor program of Astronomy study program. Masters Program in Astronomy with Astronomy Development and Education track can also be seen as a linear continuation of the Bachelor (major) program.
The first track, the Advanced Astrophysics track (Astrofisika Lanjut, AL), is a research track in astronomy, so it can be said to be a linear extension of the Undergraduate Program. This track is more reccomended to those who have a strong background in science, for example a bachelor of science (astronomy, physics, mathematics, geophysics, meteorology, etc.) and wish to continue into the field of astronomical research. Compared to the previous curriculum, there were no fundamental changes.
Astronomy Development and Education
The second track, the Astronomy Development and Education track, is offered more to those interested in further studies who do not come from a strong scientific background.
In the first year, students are given the most important foundations of astronomy. As already mentioned, the notion of “development” here can cover various aspects. In the second year, the curriculum tries to explore the potential of students in developing astronomy, for example in aspects of hardware, policy, education, history, philosophy, and so on.
Through this program students are encouraged to innovate in the development of astronomy outside the classical research path. The elective courses offered reflect the drive to innovate. Likewise, it has been mentioned the breadth of the educational aspect in astronomy. In this pathway, students are also invited to explore a variety of astronomy education, among others, in various parts of the world. The art of communicating astronomy is also explored in this program. In other words, this program is not intended to compete with what is usually developed in educational universities, but to explore education in other than pedagogical aspects. In general, this second path provides specialization in the communication-education pathway or in the science-management pathway as future preparation for working at the policy level in science-based business.