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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy and Data Science (MSc)

About the programme

The Astronomy and Data Science specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and includes mandatory courses in Computer Sciences, a selection of electives in Astronomy and two research projects.

Programme overview

At the start of the master’s programme, you are required to draw up the Master Study Plan: a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Astronomy. The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of:

Mandatory courses (24 EC)

  • Computer Science courses

Elective courses (36 EC)

  • Astronomy core courses (at least 18 EC)
  • Instrumentation-related astronomy courses (at least 6 EC)
  • Astronomy courses of any type (12 EC)

Research (60 EC)

  • First Research Project in general astronomy (30 EC)
  • Master’s Research Project in data science (30 EC)

Read more about the programme outline and courses

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.

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