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Astronomy and Cosmology (MSc)

In the field of cosmology we look for scientific answers to the most fundamental questions that one can ask : Where do we come from? How did the Universe start? How did it evolve and where does it go?

What does this master's programme entail?

Modern cosmology is a complex, multidisciplinary research area. Observations of the Universe with state-of-the-art telescopes on Earth and in space, supercomputer simulations of the origin of structure, and theoretical physics studies of the Hot Big Bang, the expanding Universe, and inflation provide a consistent understanding of our Universe. The current picture is quite accurate, yet full of new physics waiting to be discovered. Research in this area is moving fast, and requires familiarity with current theoretical ideas as well as a basic understanding of the data. The overall aim is to train you in this exciting research field, preferably in an integrated Cosmology master’s and PhD degree programme.

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Reasons to choose Astronomy and Cosmology at Leiden University

  • The specialisation provides you with research training with a strong focus on modern observational and theoretical cosmology.
  • We offer unique cosmology courses taught by the world’s leading researchers enabling you to become highly specialized in the field.
  • The programme is offered in close collaboration with the internationally renowned Leiden Institute of Physics and is part of the Leiden de Sitter Cosmology Programme, where you can follow an integrated master’s and PhD degree programme.

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Astronomy and Cosmology: the right master’s programme for you?

Are you a theory-oriented student interested in discovering all aspects of modern astrophysics, including observation, interpretation, simulation and theory? Then, Astronomy and Cosmology at Leiden University is the right master’s specialisation for you. This programme is essentially based on combined research in astronomy and physics and is therefore open for students with a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy and/or Physics from a recognized university.

Read more about the entry requirements for Astronomy and Cosmology.

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