The Leiden master’s programme in Astronomy consists of four research-oriented specialisations and three combined specialisations. Please find below an overview of all Astronomy courses on offer in 2018-2019. For a preliminary overview of Astronomy courses on offer in 2019-2020, click here.
For information on courses and requirements of each specialisation, please follow the links below:
Astronomy Master's Research Projects
|First Research Project Astronomy||1 & 2||30||500|
|Master's Research Project Astronomy 2||1 & 2||30||600|
Astronomy Core Courses
|Origin and Evolution of the Universe||1||6||500|
|Stellar Structure and Evolution||1||6||500|
|Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation||2||6||500|
General Astronomy Courses
Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses
|Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments||1||6||500|
|Detection of Light a||2||3||500|
|Detection of Light a + b||2||6||500|
Specialist Astronomy Courses
|Numerical Recipes in Astrophysics||2||6||500|
|Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives||2||6||400|
Introductory course, builds upon the level of the final pre-university education examination.
Characteristics: teaching based on material in textbook or syllabus, pedagogically structured, with
practice material and mock examinations; supervised workgroups; emphasis on study material and
examples in lectures.
Course of an introductory nature, no specific prior knowledge but experience of independent
Characteristics: textbooks or other study material of a more or less introductory nature; lectures, e.g. in
the form of capita selecta; independent study of the material is expected.
Advanced course (entry requirement level 100 or 200).
Characteristics: textbooks that have not necessarily been written for educational purposes; independent
study of the examination material; in examinations independent application of the study material to
Specialised course (entry requirement level 200 or 300).
Characteristics: alongside a textbook, use of specialist literature (scientific articles); assessment in the
form of limited research, a lecture or a written paper. Courses at this level can, to a certain extent, also
be on the master’s curriculum.
Level 500 Course with an academic focus (entry requirement: the student has been admitted to a
master’s programme; preparatory course at level 300 or 400 has been followed).
*Characteristics: *study of advanced specialised scientific literature intended for researchers; focus of the
examination is solving a problem in a lecture and/or paper or own research, following independent
critical assessment of the material.
Very specialised course (entry requirement level 400 or 500)
*Characteristics: *current scientific articles; latest scientific developments; independent contribution
(dissertation research) dealing with an as yet unsolved problem, with verbal presentation.
The classification is based on the Framework Document Leiden Register of Study Programmes.
The Astronomy pre-master’s programme is designed specifically to eliminate relatively minor deficiencies in the prior education of applicants lacking specific knowledge or experience required for successful participation in the Astronomy master’s programme.