Astronomy and Science-Based Business

The Master’s specialisation in Astronomy and Science-Based Business (SBB) offers the opportunity to combine the research curriculum in Astronomy with training in management, business and entrepreneurship.

In addition to knowledge of astronomy, students obtain competence with respect to organisations, people in organisations and the establishment and management of processes. The first year of the specialisation focuses on astronomy; in the second year the student will specialise in Science-Based Business.

The Leiden MSc in Astronomy 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;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the origin, structure and evolution of stars, including the interstellar medium, circumstellar gas and dust, and planetary systems.
    These goals are approached by means of courses teaching knowledge of the various fields and insight into their mutual connections, and through research projects in which the student focuses on one or more aspects of ongoing research carried out by staff and postdocs.
    The Leiden programme is particularly known for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modelling and simulation.

Reasons to choose Astronomy 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. Research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy is an integral part of the master’s programme. Students graduate with a broad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics.
  3. The favorable student-staff ratio guarantees a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the senior staff.
  4. 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.
  5. Leiden astronomers have access to the foremost observing facilities and the largest high performance computer facilities in the world.
  6. The Observatory provides a very welcoming, informal atmosphere, in which social activities flourish.
  7. The Leiden programme is particularly appreciated for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation.

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
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60200

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