PARCOURS - Master Astrophysique d’UCA (MAUCA)

PARCOURS - Master Astrophysique d’UCA (MAUCA)


MAUCA is a high level international Master in Astrophysic. Read more


Initial training
2 years



Interactive, participatory learning experience in a multi-cultural environment. The focus is on the hottest topics of Astrophysics and on the international projects/instruments/space missions of the 2020s+. You will understand the features of the present and future theories along with the instruments of modern Astrophysics and space sciences, as well as their limits. You will learn to interact, exchange ideas and benefit from team working on research or industrial projects.
  • Project-based and collaborative learning in close interaction with first-class experts through teaching modules called METEORs : Modules of Experimentation ThE0ry and Research.
  • Intensive research-based training : 70 % of MAUCA is in Labs.
  • A la carte program : choose 70 % of your courses.
  • International Master, with 30 to 50% students from various countries (Brazil, England,India, Iran, Russia, US, Yemen... more than 12 nationalities in total). All courses in English.
  • MAUCA offers 2-months internships in a Lab outside France.
  • MAUCA also offers a 2-week immersion in a professional Observatory, at the C2PU center at Calern (
  • First-hand lab experience with extensive on-line material.
  • Personal laptop prepared and provided by OCA.
  • In MAUCA, you can tune your training between two main tracks : research and space/industry.
MAUCA provides intensive training in research within the three laboratories of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur : Lagrange, Géoazur and Artemis. The labs of more than 10 partner Universities across Europe also host and train MAUCA students during 2-months internships abroad and a final research internship of 3 months.


Valrose (Nice)
Mont-Gros (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice)
Laboratoire Géooazur (Sophia Antipolis)
Thales Alenia Space (Cannes)
Une douzaine d’Université européennes (

Person in charge of the academic program


Research center

Numerous European Universities, Observatories, Institutes and several compagnies related to space or high tech like Thales Alenia Space, TBTech, Fastlite, ACRI-ST.



Prerequisites training

The admission process for MAUCA is quite selective. Selection is based on academic background and personal motivation. Students with a BSc (L3 in France) in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering can apply. Students in other MSc can apply in the framework of Erasmus+ program. Admission in Master 2 is possible depending on the results obtained in Master 1.
MAUCA welcomes students from any country.


Content of the academic programm

  • Two series of fundamental courses providing general background in Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Data Processing, Astronomical Instrumentation and Numerical Simulation.
  • Six Modules of Experimentation ThE0ry and Research (METEOR). METEORs typically last 2 months and give students a chance to experience real-life research or engineering challenges in Astrophysics/Space sciences. Each METEOR entails a formal course provided by a world-class expert and a supervised project-oriented lab work. METEOR works include project reports, research notes, functional algorithms, computer programs and oral presentations. You choose the 6 METEORs you will follow in list of 30+ METEORs subjects. In the second year, one METEOR is hosted by a foreign institute of your choice in a list of 10 European partner Universities.
  • METEORs are grouped in 5 main topics: Planetology, The physics of Stars and Galaxies, Extragalactic Astronomy / Cosmology / Relativity, Signal & Image Processing, Astronomical Optics & Instrumentation, Space / Industry.
  • A 2-week immersion module in a professional astronomical observatory setting, using two 1-meter class telescopes (C2PU).
  • One module of scientific communication where you learn to write articles, make posters and presentations.

Aurélien CRIDA, Supervisor MAUCA
Benoit CARRY, supervisor Master 1
Marcel CARBILLET, Supervisor Master 2
Philippe BENDJOYA, Supervisor international relations

70% of the training is in internships called METEORs.

Two months in one of the European partner universities (

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