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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy and Instrumentation (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

You are eligible to apply if you have

  • a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy (Sterrenkunde) from any research university in the Netherlands
    OR
  • a bachelor’s degree in an Astronomy-related programme from a research university in the Netherlands.

Admission to this master is under the provision that you have in-depth knowledge comparable to undergraduate courses of the Leiden Astronomy curriculum, i.e. with:

  • a theoretical and mathematical emphasis, including quantum physics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and complex analysis
  • and with proficiency in programming, preferably in the Python language.

Astronomy and Cosmology: For this specialization, you must additionally have knowledge of “Physics of elementary particles”at undergraduate level. 
Astronomy and Instrumentation: For this specialization, it is recommended to have knowledge of “Solid State Physics” at undergraduate level.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the BSc degrees in Astronomy (and, if applicable, whether you meet the additional requirement for certain specialisations).

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Astronomy study advisor.

If you have a degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo) in a related field of science, you are eligible to apply.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the BSc degrees in Astronomy (and, if applicable, whether you meet the additional requirement for certain specialisations).

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Astronomy study advisor.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or in an Astronomy-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have in-depth knowledge (comparable to undergraduate courses of the Leiden Astronomy curriculum) with:

  • a theoretical and mathematical emphasis, including quantum physics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and complex analysis.
  • and with proficiency in programming, preferably in the Python language.

Astronomy and Cosmology: For this specialization, you must additionally have knowledge of “Physics of elementary particles”at undergraduate level. 
Astronomy and Instrumentation: For this specialization, it is recommended to have knowledge of “Solid State Physics” at undergraduate level.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the BSc degrees in Astronomy (and, if applicable, whether you meet the additional requirement for certain specialisations).

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Astronomy study advisor.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply*:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C

*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma (or other with English A);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in the US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (with the exception of French-taught education in Canada);
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university;
  • A pre-university education (vwo) diploma;
  • A high school (or higher) diploma determined by SEA (Admissions Office) in an EER country, where English has been studied up to and including the final year of the programme, and where the level of English can be considered comparable to Dutch vwo (pre-university education).

 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

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