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Astronomy and Business Studies

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary This MSc track prepares students for a career in science-related business and administration and for innovation and enterprise from an astronomy perspective.
Course description 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.
Study subjects For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the Astronomy website: . The subjects can vary from year to year.
Course objectives The study programme consists of advanced Astronomy courses (30 EC), a research project in Astronomy (30 EC) and a full business programme (60 EC). For details, view the e-Prospectus.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes colloquium, computer exercise, lecture, individual assignment, laboratory work, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, practicum, project, seminar, internship, traineeship, tutorial, self study
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 2019 15 Jun 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Feb 2020 1 Dec 2019 15 Oct 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 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.


Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)

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Contact information for the study programme

Studielijn Universiteit Leiden

Contact information for the institution

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study info

Telephone number +31 (071)5271111
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