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Astronomy and Education (MSc)

The master’s specialisation Astronomy and Education prepares you for a career as a teacher in secondary schools. After completion you obtained the qualifications to be a Physics teacher. Note that this specialisation is only open to students who speak Dutch.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Astronomy and Education optimally prepares you to teach the subject of physics to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in astronomy. The programme comprises a one-year Astronomy component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master’s specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school pupils for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of (astro)physics.

Read more about the specialisation on the ICLON website.

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Reasons to choose Astronomy and Education at Leiden University

  • The specialisation provides you with a full year of research training in Astronomy followed by a year of theory and practical experience in teaching offered by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching.
  • You have access to world-class and cutting edge research in modern astronomy at Leiden Observatory.
  • During the education component, you receive one-on-one guidance, but you will also meet with colleagues from different disciplines, each with their own knowledge and experience, providing you with a broad view on education.

Find more reasons to choose Astronomy and Education at Leiden University.

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

Do you want to fascinate our younger generations for the field of physics and astronomy? Are you aiming for a career as a modern and flexible teacher? Then, the Astronomy and Education master’s specialisation is the right choice for you. After completion, you will have obtained your teacher qualification, which is required for employment as a physics teacher in Dutch secondary schools. You can also participate in the World Teachers Programme for international teaching. As the main education component is taught in Dutch, all applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch language.

Read more about the entry requirements for Astronomy and Education.

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