Astronomy Research

As of September 2016 Astronomy Research will be the new name of the ‘Research in Astronomy’ specialisation.


The Astronomy Research specialisation is a two-year programme, leading to the MSc degree in Astronomy. It consists of advanced astronomy courses, two research projects in astronomy, and courses on science topics related to astronomy.

Students who are enrolled in this specialisation, have the opportunity to follow the broadest possible study path, including a significant number of electives in adjacent science areas, such as Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. It provides students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to conduct independent astronomical research.

Reasons to choose Astronomy Research 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
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60200

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