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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy (MSc)

About the programme

Within the two-year Astronomy master’s programme, you can choose from seven specialisations, ranging from fundamental or applied astronomy research in cosmology, instrumentation or data science, to combinations of astronomy research with education, management or science communication.

Overview of the Astronomy programme

The two-year Astronomy master’s programme offers seven specialisations:

All Astronomy master’s specialisations have their own curriculum with a wide variety of in-house Astronomy courses to tailor your own study path:

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Working groups
  • Practical classes
  • Excursions
  • Research

Assessment methods

  • Written, oral and take home exams
  • Homework assignments
  • Presentations and colloquia
  • Reports (scientific paper, literature study)

Student support

The favorable student–staff ratio guarantees a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the (senior) staff. The Astronomy study advisor is available for individual and confidential study support. In addition, Astronomy master’s students get their own desk and computer during their master research project. Therefore, close collaboration with supervisors and group members is guaranteed. Moreover, the Astronomy master’s programme provides an informal atmosphere and a welcoming research community, in which social activities flourish.