Astronomy and Mathematics (double bachelor), 2018-2019

The combined Astronomy & Mathematics education programme takes three years and comprises courses from the Astronomy and Mathematics bachelor's programmes (248 EC in total). The first year (86 EC) is concluded with two separate propedeutic diplomas: one for Astronomy and one for Mathematics. This is followed by the second year (90 EC) and third year (72 EC). The combined Astronomy & Mathematics programme results in two Bachelor of Science (BSc) diplomas: BSc Astronomy and BSc Mathematics. Please find the course descriptions for years 1, 2 and 3 and the Astronomy electives on the tabs below.

Information on study and career orientation can be found on the last tab Career orientation.

In addition to this combined programme, there are three other options for the Astronomy bachelor's:

More information

Astronomy bachelor student's website
Astronomy study advisor

Mathematics bachelor student's website
Mathematics study advisor

First year

Third year

Electives (15 EC)


Students of the combined Astronomy and Mathematics programme choose Astronomy electives for the first semester of their third year in consultation with the Study Advisor, consisting of a mandatory 6 EC course and 9 EC of electives (see overview below)

Career orientation

Career orientation
During the combined Astronomy and Mathematics bachelor’s education programme, we support you in making choices that are relevant to your future career. You will be stimulated to think about your ambitions and potential and to reflect on how to reach your goals. By actively exploring the possibilities, you enable yourself to make motivated study and career choices.

We organise various activities to help you think about questions like:

  • What are my strong skills and what skills can I still learn?
  • In which subjects do I want to specialise?
  • What subject will I choose for my Bachelor Research Project?
  • Which electives fit my future ambitions?
  • What do I want to learn next to my studies?
  • Which master's programme will I choose after my Astronomy bachelor's and why?
  • Which type of job would I like to do in the future?

Click here for the Astronomy career event calendar. This calendar contains an up-to-date overview of all career events relevant to Astronomy bachelor’s students. Please not that this calendar does not contain Mathematics events.

First year

  • Study career sessions
  • Lectures from alumni
  • Company visits, dinners and lectures
  • Intake with Astronomy Study Advisor
  • Information sessions with student counsellor
  • Mentors and tutors
  • Introduction Science Career Service
  • Workshop Study skills
  • Workshop Timemanagement

Second year

Third year

LU Career Zone
The Leiden University Career Zone is a website that offers support to Leiden University students and alumni, both during their studies and career. It offers advice, information and tools, including professional tests to draft your personal profile and job aplication tips.

Soft skills
In the Astronomy course descriptions in this e-Prospectus, behaviour-oriented skills are listed for each course. Although these soft skills cannot be measured like course objectives, being aware of the skills you acquire is important. They determine how you approach your work and your life and are therefore highly relevant to shaping your study path and future career.

Questions about your study and/or career path? Make an appointment with the Astronomy Study Advisor.