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Astronomy - Leiden University

Astronomy and Science Communication and Society (MSc)

About the programme

The Astronomy and SCS specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and consists of an astronomy component (60 - 80 EC) and a science communication component (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 Communication and Society 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 Communication and Society component (40-60 EC)

  • SCS Courses (23 EC)
  • SCS Project Proposal (3 EC)
  • SCS Internship(s) (14-34 EC)

Read more about the programme outline and courses

Educational methods

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

Study guidance

Leiden University offers, if necessary, accompaniment and consultancy on both substantive areas as personal development. Our experienced team of Biology study advisors is available to help you with problems such as study delay, planning, and exam arrangements.

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