Leiden Observatory offers a challenging two-year master’s programme in Astronomy, leading to the MSc degree in Astronomy. Students can expect research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy as an integral part of the programme. Both education and research focus on two major themes:
- the formation and evolution of galaxies, from high-redshifts to the nearby universe, and
- the birth and death of stars, including the lifecycle of dust and gas.
The overall goal is to integrate students in research as soon as possible. Right from the start of the programme, master’s students get involved in front-line research, have access to all facilities, and get their own workspace at the institute. During the programme, students learn to analyse and evaluate scientific information independently and critically, and to conduct academically sound research.
- Astronomy and Cosmology
- Astronomy and Data Science
- Astronomy and Education
- Astronomy and Instrumentation
- Astronomy and Science Communication and Society
- Astronomy and Science-Based Business
- Astronomy Research
6 reasons to choose Astronomy at Leiden University
- Leiden Observatory is a vibrant university astronomy department with a distinguished history. It has both a strong international reputation, and is widely known to turn out masters and doctoral students of the highest quality.
- The favorable student-staff ratio guarantees a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the senior staff.
- The Leiden programme is particularly known for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation.
- Leiden astronomers have access to the foremost observing facilities and the largest high performance computer facilities in the world.
- The Observatory provides an international atmosphere. It has close ties with other astronomy institutes in Europe and the U.S. Many students, postdocs and staff come from abroad, and there are regular visits by guests from all over the world.
- The institute provides a very welcoming, informal atmosphere, in which social activities flourish.
EU/EEA, Dutch (including Netherlands Antilles), Swiss or Surinamese: around €1,984.
Other: around €16,400.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch or visit the programme introduction page on our website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/astronomy/nl/introduction.
Among the subjects you will be taking with this programme, you may find the following:
- Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
- Galaxies: structure, dynamics and evolution
- Interstellar Medium
- Observational High-Energy Astrophysics
- Origin and Evolution of the Universe
- High-energy Astrophysics
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Last updated May 31, 2017