Leiden Observatory offers a challenging master’s specialisation programme, focusing on the interrelations between astronomical research and the state-of-the-art instruments that are required to carry it out. The two-year programme, leading to the MSc degree in Astronomy, is built on world-class astrophysics research as well as high-tech industry expertise, and consists of a coherent set of relevant courses and two research projects, in which students participate and gather hands-on experience.
The overall goal is to better understand the physical principles and performances of astronomical instruments, and to contribute to the development of new ideas and concepts for future instruments and technologies. Moreover, courses go beyond pure astronomy and space applications to enable students to use their knowledge and skills in neighbouring areas of science and technology – including instrumentation for environmental and medical applications.
The programme ensures that graduating students have experience in areas relevant for high-tech industry in the Netherlands and elsewhere. After graduation, students will have obtained in-depth knowledge of current state-of-the-art approaches to developing high-tech instruments. Furthermore, they will be prepared to work with engineers on instrument-development and being able to bridge the gap between engineering and science.