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Galaxies and Extragalactic Astrophysics

Code: 44080 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
4313861 High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology OT 0 2


Francisco Javier Castander Serentill

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
english (eng)


Jorge Carretero Palacios
Lluis Galbany Gonzalez
Mar Mezcua Pallerola



Objectives and Contextualisation

The course is intended to acquaint students with the basic concepts about galaxies and extragalactic astronomy research in general.

We want to present the students how we have been learning about the galaxy properties throughout the years to reach our current understanding of galaxy formation and evolution and what the current lines of research are nowadays.


  • Formulate and tackle problems, both open and more defined, identifying the most relevant principles and using approaches where necessary to reach a solution, which should be presented with an explanation of the suppositions and approaches.
  • Understand the bases of advanced topics selected at the frontier of high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology and apply them consistently.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish between the different types of active galaxy.
  2. Tackle the problem of the evolution of galaxies in its totality.
  3. Understand the fundamentals and evolution of the Milky Way.


  • Historical introduction
  • Galaxy Classification
  • Galaxy Dynamics
  • Global Properties of Galaxies
  • The Milky Way
  • The Local Group
  • Stellar Population Synthesis Models
  • Photometric Redshifts
  • Gravitational Lenses
  • Clusters of Galaxies
  • Active Galaxies and Quasars
  • High Redshift Galaxies
  • Galaxy Models


Lectures and exercises.

Classwork and homework.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Lectures 45 1.8 2, 1, 3
Type: Supervised      
Exercises, presentations, discussion, literature work 45 1.8 2, 1, 3
Type: Autonomous      
Study of lectures material 45 1.8 2, 1, 3


Exam, homework, oral presentation and summary of seminar material.

Resit exam.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exam 50% 2 0.08 2, 1, 3
Homework exercises 20% 8 0.32 2, 1, 3
Oral presentation 20% 1 0.04 2, 1, 3
Resit exam 50% 2 0.08 2, 1, 3
Summary of seminar material 10% 2 0.08 2, 1, 3


"Galactic Astronomy", Binney and Merrifield, PrincetonUniversity Press, 1998

"Galactic Dynamics", Binney and Tremaine, Princeton University Press, 1987

"Galaxy Formation and Evolution", Ho, van den Bosch and White, Cambridge University Press, 2010