National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Honours FAQS

Research Project – PHYS735 = Semester 1 & 2

  • Semester 1 (all core modules)
    • Classical Field Theory – PHYS701
    • Fluid Dynamics – MATH732
    • Techniques in Astrophysics and Space Science – PHYS724
    • Methods of Mathematical and Computational Physics – PHYS736

  • Semester 2 (selective modules = choose two)
    • Advances topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics – PHYS725
    • Cosmology – MATH703
    • Advances topics in Space Science – PHYS722
    • Advanced topics in Plasma Physics – MATH723

Note: If you are funded by SANSA – you are obliged to choose: PHYS722 and PHYS723. If you are funded by SKA – you are obliged to choose: PHYS725 and MATH703. If you are funded only by NASSP, you have choice to choose any 2 based upon your interest of choice of future career.

Yes, the module can be withdrawn before the official deadline, refer to the UKZN calendar.

The module withdrawal can be done through the correct collage by filling in the application for change of curriculum form.

NASSP-UKZN node is only at the Westville campus.

The NASSP bursary covers the tuition fees and the living costs; thus, it is a student’s option to stay at the University Residence and the residence costs can be covered from the living expenses allowance.

A registered student is responsible for payment of all fees even if funded by a sponsor.

All the details are available at the NASSP website, visit the website at https://nassp.ukzn.ac.za/  for more details.

The value of the bursary may differ year by year.

No, applicants must ensure they enrol under the correct school.

The value of the bursary may differ year by year.

Student must visit the NASSP website at https://www.star.ac.za/available-projects to access the available projects for both masters and honours degrees.

Each project on the website has a supervisor’s details for students to find out if the project is still available.

Students can have two supervisors, one as the main supervisor and the other one as the co-supervisor and either one must be from the UKZN, and the other one can be from external.

Note: One of the supervisors can a NASSP partner.

Students are required to have one supervisor from the University (UKZN).

The entrance requirement for Honours degree: applicants should have, or expect to obtain a BSc degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Engineering.

For MSc degree, applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a BSc Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Engineering.

For Honours degree it is a requirement for applicants to have, or expect to obtain a BSc degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Engineering.

For MSc degree, applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a BSc Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Engineering.