Astronomy and Education


The Astronomy and Education specialisation combines a one-year research education in astronomy (taught in English) with a one-year training in teaching (taught in Dutch). Students develop their competencies to innovate their teaching practice (e.g. by developing and testing instruction on a specific topic). After completion, students will have obtained the teacher qualification, which is required for employment as a physics teacher in Dutch secondary schools. The programme is offered in collaboration with the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON).

Reasons to choose Astronomy and Education in Leiden

  1. 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.
  2. The favorable student-staff ratio guarantees a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the senior staff.
  3. The Leiden programme is particularly known for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation.
  4. Leiden astronomers have access to the foremost observing facilities and the largest high performance computer facilities in the world.
  5. 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.
  6. The institute provides a very welcoming, informal atmosphere, in which social activities flourish.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Astronomy
  • Degree Master of Science in Astronomy
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September or February
  • Language of instruction English and Dutch
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60200

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