Astronomy

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

Astronomy covers observations using the world's most powerful telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space.

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locatieLeiden
diplomaMSc
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60200
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
In this two-year master's programme in Astronomy you get access to cutting edge research in modern astronomy. Main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.

Are you are interested in astronomy research within or outside academia? Do you want to add value to society through scientific and technological progress? Are you keen on solving complex matters and are you up for a challenge? Then our Leiden University Astronomy master's programme is designed for you.
Discover why our students choose the Astronomy master's programme

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Why study Astronomy at Leiden University?
  • We offer you a tailor-made master's programme with many opportunities to match your study path with your interests and ambitions.
  • You have access to a cutting edge research infrastructure with strong international partners and top facilities.
  • Leiden University offers a welcoming environment and an open international community with highly approachable renowned staff, a buddy system and individual student support.

Studieprogramma

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specialisaties

specialisatie Astronomy Research



This 2-year programme consists of advanced Astronomy courses, two research projects in Astronomy, and courses on science topics related to Astronomy. It allows the broadest programme, including a significant component from adjacent fields, such as Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The overall goal is to prepare you for conducting independent research in astronomy.

Are you aiming for a career in astronomical research? Are you looking for a broad master's programme in Astronomy with many opportunities to assemble your own study path? Then Astronomy Research is the right programme for you.

specialisatie



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 track 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.

specialisatie Astronomy and Cosmology

In the field of cosmology we look for scientific answers to the most fundamental questions that one can ask: Where do we come from? How did the Universe start? How did it evolve and where does it go?

Modern cosmology is a complex, multidisciplinary research area. Observations of the Universe with state-of-the-art telescopes on Earth and in space, supercomputer simulations of the origin of structure, and theoretical physics studies of the Hot Big Bang, the expanding Universe, and inflation provide a consistent understanding of our Universe.

The current picture is quite accurate, yet full of with new physics waiting to be discovered. Research in this area is moving fast, and requires familiarity with current theoretical ideas as well as a basic understanding of the data. The overall aim is to train you in this exciting research field, preferably in an integrated Cosmology master's and PhD degree programme.

Are you a theory-oriented student interested in discovering all aspects of modern astrophysics, including observation, interpretation, simulation and theory? Then, Astronomy and Cosmology at Leiden University is the right master's specialisation for you. This programme is essentially based on combined research in astronomy and physics and is therefore open for students with a bachelor's degree in Astronomy and/or Physics from a recognized university.

specialisatie Astronomy and Instrumentation



The overall goal is to fully understand the physical principles and performance of astronomical instruments and to contribute to the development of new instrumentation technologies. The courses in the Astronomy and Instrumentation specialisation go beyond astronomy and space applications of instrumentation technology. This enables you to use your knowledge and skills in adjacent areas of science and engineering, including the development of instrumentation for environmental and medical applications.

Do you want to contribute to the high-tech world of astronomical instrumentation engineering? Do you have a bachelor's background in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent degrees? Then the master's specialisation Astronomy and Instrumentation is the right choice for you.

specialisatie Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

The Astronomy and Science Communication and Society master's specialisation focuses on the interaction between science and society.

Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in astronomy with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong astronomy background, or an astronomer with a communicating mindset.

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Want to combine high quality astronomy research with professional science communication? Then, this master's specialisation is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or an astronomy researcher with a communicating mindset.

specialisatie Astronomy and Education



Student teachers develop their competences to innovate their practice (e.g., by developing and testing instruction on a specific topic). This track meets the requirements to obtain the degree eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid in Physics, needed for teaching at Dutch secondary schools.
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.

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet30% zelfstudie
20% theorie
50% praktijk
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
excursie, hoorcollege, onderzoek, practicum, werkgroep
doelstelling
The objectives of the programme are to impart academic knowledge of astronomy and insight into its methods; to develop skills to make original and independent contributions to the recognition and solution of questions of a scientific nature, and to prepare for an academic career or a career in society.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

toelatingseisen

basiskennis
Zie www.unileidenmasters.nl voor meer informatie

vooropleiding
Bachelor in Astronomy of een relevante opleiding (zie www.unileidenmasters.nl voor meer informatie)

inbegrepen in collegegeld
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Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

65 studenten volgen deze opleiding
34% daarvan is vrouw
16 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
50% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

studievereniging

De Leidsche Flesch
De Leidsche Flesch is de studievereniging voor Natuurkunde, Sterrenkunde, Wiskunde en Informatica. De voornaamste doelen van De Leidsche Flesch zijn het bijdragen aan het contact tussen haar leden en de wetenschap en het bijdragen aan het contact tussen de leden onderling.
Deze dingen probeert ze te realiseren door een breed scala aan activiteiten te organiseren, zoals (lunch)lezingen, excursies, studiereizen, maar ook borrels, feesten, pubquizzen en allerlei andere dingen. Verder laten we de studenten alvast kennismaken met wat er allemaal mogelijk is na hun studie: behalve oriëntatie op mogelijkheden om door te gaan in het onderzoek laten we de leden ook kennismaken met het bedrijfsleven, d.m.v. bijvoorbeeld bedrijfslezingen of inhousedagen.

Voor de eerstejaars organiseert De Leidsche Flesch elk begin van het collegejaar het eerstejaarsweekend. Dit weekend biedt eerstejaars de mogelijkheid om kennis te maken met elkaar en met de vereniging. Het eerstejaarsweekend vindt plaats in het weekend na de eerste twee collegeweken.

Verder is er bij De Leidsche Flesch de mogelijkheid om zelf dingen te organiseren door in een commissie te gaan, of je kan je aansluiten bij een gilde.

Een ander belangrijk aspect - en tevens voor velen een reden om lid te worden - van De Leidsche Flesch waar elk lid van profiteert is de boekenactie. Twee keer per jaar organiseert De Leidsche Flesch een boekenactie, waarbij alle leden hun boeken gemakkelijk en met korting via internet bij ons kunnen bestellen.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Keuzehulp

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Studievergelijker

1/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy Research
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Science Communication and Society
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
4/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Education
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
5/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Business Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Data Science
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Cosmology
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/9 Universiteit Leiden
Astronomy and Instrumentation
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
16 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/9 RUG
Astronomy
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

studentoordelen

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
deze
opleiding
landelijk
algemeen oordeel4.14.4
inhoud3.94.0
docenten3.84.0
studiefaciliteiten3.84.0
studielast3.63.7
studiebegeleiding3.43.6
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Astronomy aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 33 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The master's degree opens up the possibility of pursuing a research oriented career, for instance by enrolling in a PhD programme.
Other graduates find employment in government or corporate research sections, in management or policy functions, as IT experts, or as teachers, editors or writers.

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Contact

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E: studielijn@leidenuniv.nl
T: +31 (071)5271111
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