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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

Either:

  • A BSc degree in Astronomy or its equivalent in Physics and Astronomy from one of the universities participating in the NOVA Netherlands Research School for Astronomy. Applicants holding such a degree will be admitted without further requirements.

Or:

  • An equivalent degree to the BSc degree *, to be decided by the Board of Admissions.

* Candidates holding a bachelor´s degree in related sciences, such as Mathematics, Computer Science or Aerospace Engineering, may be considered. The previous training of all applicants will be assessed by the Board of Admissions, which may propose an Astronomy pre-master’s programme as an additional requirement for admission. The admission process may also include an interview with the Board of Admissions.

Either:

  • A BSc degree in Physics that includes modules in Astronomy.

Or:

  • An equivalent degree to the BSc degree*, to be decided by the Board of Admissions.

* Candidates holding a BSc degree in other sciences, such as Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Aerospace Engineering, may be considered. The previous training of all applicants will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. In case of notable deficiencies in the student’s record, the Board of Admissions may propose a premaster’s programme as precondition for admission. The admission process may also include an interview with the Board of Admissions.

Dutch applicants with a higher vocational education (hbo) degree in a related field of science can be considered as well. For more information, please contact the Astronomy Study Advisor.

Language requirements

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English, evidenced by appropriate language test:

  • 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

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

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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