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Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary This programme, taught by internationally renowned staff, emphasises the interface between observation and theory of astronomy: interpretation, modelling and simulation.
Course description The two-year programme 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. In addition, the origin, structure and evolution of stars, including the interstellar medium, circumstellar gas and dust, and planetary systems are studied in both coursework and research projects. The excellent observation facilities, the most advanced in the world, are an important feature of the programme. The Leiden Astronomy Department has a strong international reputation. Research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy is an integral part of the MSc programme. Research students graduate with a broad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, but may specialise in observation, theory or instrumentation. Other specialisations allow the student to specialise in business and management, communication or education.
Study subjects For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
Course objectives 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.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, lecture, research, practicum, working group
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Science
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
  1. See website for details.
  2. BSc degree in Astronomy or a relevant field (see website
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 230
TOEFL internet based 88
TOEFL paper based 570
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Feb 2021 1 Dec 2020 15 Oct 2020
1 Sep 2021 15 Jun 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 18300n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


Holland Scholarship, Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)

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Contact information for the study programme

Studielijn Universiteit Leiden

Contact information for the institution

Studielijn Universiteit Leiden

study info

Telephone number +31 (071)5271111
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