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Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation


Admission requirements

MSc course Origin and Evolution of the Universe.


How galaxies and the large-scale structures in which they are embedded form is a fundamental question in extra-galactic astronomy. It is an area that has seen tremendous progress, but is still constantly challenged by ever-improving observational data. This course will introduce you to this fascinating subject and the underlying physics.
Topics that will be covered include: the physics of linear growth and non-linear collapse, mass functions, clustering and biasing, angular momentum and its influence on galaxy formation, radiative cooling, star formation and feedback processes, the intergalactic medium and the formation of the first structures. The course will start with a very brief refresher on cosmology but it is expected that the student has had exposure to cosmology, in particular the course builds on the autumn MSc course “Origin and Evolution of the Universe”.

Course objectives

The objective is for the students to develop an understanding of the physics of structure formation, in particular the formation of galaxies.


See MSc schedules

Mode of instruction

Lectures and problem classes.

Assessment method

Written exam.



Reading list

The course content will be defined by the lecture notes.


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Contact information

Lecturer: Prof. dr. J. (Joop) Schaye
Assistant: Chris Barber, MSc