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Astronomy Research (MSc)


Are you interested in taking up an extra challenge during your Astronomy master’s programme? Have you thought about applying for our Summer School programme or are you interested in developing your personal leadership style?

Leiden Leadership Programme

Do you like a personal challenge in leadership? Then join the Leiden Leadership Programme. In this one-year programme, you work on developing your personal leadership skills through an assessment, training, seminars and a practice assignment in an organisation. You discover and develop your qualities in the context of an organisation. The goal is to learn how to work intensively with other professionals and learn how to use their qualities. With the Leiden Leadership Programme, a Dutch-based honours programme, you will be able to follow 20 EC next to your Leiden, The Hague or Delft master's programme.
Read more about Leiden Leadership Programme

International Leiden Leadership Programme

Curious about your personal leadership style? The International Leiden Leadership Programme is a 5 EC honours programme for master’s students looking to understand leadership, train and develop their leadership skills and acquire an insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses. Thanks to its small-scale approach and supportive tutor-mentor system, you’ll be working on your development on a very personal level. During this interdisciplinary programme you will attend seminars and skills-training sessions, which will give you more insight into the effect that your behaviour has on others. The programme involves the creation of a Personal Leadership Roadmap, a five-year plan for reaching and developing your own leadership style.
For more information: International Leiden Leadership Programme

Summer School

The Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Programme for Summer Students (LEAPS) is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform a 10 - 12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA. If you are interested in the Astronomy master’s programme, taking this summer course is a good opportunity to get acquainted with the educational and research opportunities within the institute. Read more

Study abroad

Gain international experience by taking courses or perform your Master’s Research Project at a university abroad. Leiden Observatory has many international contacts and the institute is setting up exchange collaborations with universities in the United Kingdom, Poland and China.

Extra internship

Explore the world outside academia without missing out on any research in an extracurricular business internship within a company. You can also take the opportunity to perform an extra astronomy research internship at another university in the world.

Teaching assistant

We encourage you to support our teaching activities as a paid student teaching assistant. You will assist our lecturers in organising courses, practical classes and excursions for Astronomy bachelor’s students. As a teaching assistant, you gain valuable experience to add to your resume. Also, it is a unique opportunity to get more familiar with the staff.

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