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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy and Business Studies (MSc)

About the programme

The Astronomy and Science Based Business specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and includes a one-year astronomy component (60 - 80 EC) and a business component in the second year (40 - 60 EC).

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 an Astronomy component to be followed in the first year, and a Science Based Business component in the second year:

Astronomy component (60-80 EC)

  • Astronomy Core Courses (> 12 EC)
  • Other Astronomy Courses (6-32 EC)
  • Non-Astronomy courses (6-12 EC)
  • Master’s Research Project in Astronomy (30 EC)

Science Based Business component (40-60 EC)

  • Management or New Venture courses (15 EC)
  • Business Research Methods (5  EC)
  • Business Electives (< 20 EC)
  • Management Internship or New Venture Assignment (20-40 EC)

Read more about the programme outline and courses

Educational methods

  • Colloquium
  • Lectures
  • Individual papers
  • Lab work
  • Presentations
  • Research
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Work group
  • Internship

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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