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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake)Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake) 

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About Astronomy

The two - year programme focuses on knowledge and understanding of the origin, structure, and evolution of galaxies, including processes in their nuclei, as well as the universe they are part of. In addition, the origin, structure and evolution of stars, including the interstellar medium, circumstellar gas and dust, and planetary systems are studied in both coursework and research projects. The excellent observation facilities, the most advanced in the world, are an important feature of the programme.

The Leiden Astronomy Department has a strong international reputation. Research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy is an integral part of the MSc programme. Research students graduate with abroad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, but may specialise in observation, theory or instrumentation. Other specialisations allow the student to specialise in business and management, communication or education.

Curriculum and Overview

The objectives of the programme are to impart academic knowledge of astronomy and insight into its methods; to develop skills to make original and independent contributions to the recognition and solution of questions of a scientific nature, and to prepare for an academic career or a career in society.

  •  Astronomy Research
  • Astronomy and Business Studies 
  • Astronomy and Cosmology 
  • Astronomy and Data Science
  • Astronomy and Education (partly in Dutch) 
  • Astronomy and Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

The master's degree opens up the possibility of pursuing a research oriented career, for instance by enrolling in a PhD programme. Other graduates find employment in government or corporate research sections, in management or policy functions, as IT experts, or as teachers, editors or writers.

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challen ges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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