2023-2024 / SPAT0012-1

General relativity


30h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in mathematics (60 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (60 ECTS) (Registrations are closed)4 crédits 


Guillaume Mahler

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Vectors and tensor fields calculation
  • General relativity basics: Spacetime, paths of particles, curvature and Einstein fields 
  • Schwarzschild black hole
  • Gravitational radiation, gravitational waves
  • Elements of cosmology

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Broad knowledge of General Relativity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Physics dynamics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture in class, taking notes, group activity, and homework exercise. Supplementary work will be offered.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Lectures notes will be posted online, link shared during class

Recommended readings:

Foster and Nightingale, 2nd Edition "A short course on General Relativity"

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Final exam (1/2) - Continuous assessment (1/2)

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Guillaume Mahler

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

General Relativity
Lecture notes for the course SPAT0012 (in french).