Astronomy and Instrumentation (MSc)
Working in astronomy puts you at the forefront of science and revolutionary technology. As our scientific ambitions have grown, so have the technological challenges that enable us to further increase our understanding of the Universe. In Leiden we have combined astronomical instrumentation engineering and science to offer you this unique master’s specialisation.
Professor of Experimental astrophysics
‘On the one hand you will learn the theory that is behind instruments and on the other hand you will also get the hands-on experience at telescopes and in the lab. That together will give you the fundamental understanding to build the next instruments.’
‘For my project, I worked on an exoplanet detection system. I really enjoyed working on this project because the skills I learned here will be very useful for my future work.’
What does this master's programme entail?
The overall goal is to fully understand the physical principles and performance of astronomical instruments and to contribute to the development of new instrumentation technologies. The courses in the Astronomy and Instrumentation specialisation go beyond astronomy and space applications of instrumentation technology. This enables you to use your knowledge and skills in adjacent areas of science and engineering, including the development of instrumentation for environmental and medical applications.
Read more about our Astronomy and Instrumentation programme.
Discover why our students choose the Astronomy master's programme
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Reasons to choose Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University
- Leiden University offers a world-exclusive master’s programme fully focused on astronomical instrumentation.
- You will get hands-on field and laboratory experience through participation in cutting-edge instrument projects for ESO (VLT, E-ELT) and ESA (JWST, Euclid).
- Apply for the Walraven Scholarship for excellent international master’s students.
Find more reasons to study Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University.
Astronomy and Instrumentation: the right master’s programme for you?
Do you want to contribute to the hightech world of astronomical instrumentation engineering? Do you have a bachelor’s background in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent degrees? Then the master’s specialisation Astronomy and Instrumentation is the right choice for you.
Read more about the entry requirements for Astronomy and Instrumentation.