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.

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For more information on courses and requirements of the master’s specialisations, please follow the links above.

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. 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

  • Degree Master of Science in Astronomy
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September or February
  • Language of instruction English (Education specialisation partly in Dutch)
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60200

Find your master's at Leiden University