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Astronomy Research (MSc)

Required documents

When you apply for admission, you’ll be asked to submit several documents.

Please note that if you would like to apply for a scholarship with this programme, you may need to upload additional documents with your application. Please inform yourself here

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Note: If you have a Dutch diploma that grants direct admission, you will generally not be asked to submit additional documents.


Required application documents

You’ll need to submit the following documents:

Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.

You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.

  • Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
  • The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
  • If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date plus a list of subjects still to be completed.

Additional documents for this programme:

In the Placement Letter you are asked to explain in writing that you possess an equivalent level of knowledge, understanding, skills and (research) experience as applicants who are holding a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from Leiden University.
You can find the courses and research components which are part of the Leiden BSc degree in Astronomy in the Prospectus https://studiegids.universiteitleiden.nl/en/studies/7899/astronomy Please use this as a reference to verify that you meet the admission requirement mentioned above.  


Optional, you can send in letter(s) of recommendation. This must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee. Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies. Your referee can send the letter (mentioning your name and application number) to the institute via master@strw.leidenuniv.nl.

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