Astronomy and Cosmology, 2018-2019
Structure of the Programme
The Astronomy and Cosmology specialisation is part of the De Sitter programme. It offers the student the possibility to conduct a Research Master in Astronomy with a particular focus on modern observational and theoretical cosmology. This two-year programme is offered in collaboration with the Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at Leiden University (LION).
Programme (120 EC)
|Mandatory Astronomy Courses|
|Origin and Evolution of the Universe||6||500|
|Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation||6||500|
|Mandatory Physics Courses|
|Particle Physics and Early Universe||3||500|
|Origin and Structure of the Standard Model||3||400|
|Theory of General Relativity||6||400|
|Astronomy Core Courses, at least||6||500|
|Astronomy Courses of any type *||18||400-500|
|Related Physics Courses **||12||400-500|
|First Research Project in General Astronomy||30||500|
|Master's Research Project in Cosmology||30||600|
* Astronomy courses of any type
These include all General, Instrumentation-related and Specialist Astronomy Courses listed in the course list below. However, the following courses are of higher relevance to the Cosmology specialisation and are therefore recommended:
- Computational Astrophysics
- Modern Astrostatistics
- Gravitational Lensing (offered at irregular intervals)
- Observational Cosmology (offered at irregular intervals)
** Related Physics Courses
- Effective Field Theory
- Quantum Field Theory
- Statistical Physics
- Topics in Theoretical Physics
- Black Holes and Gravitational Waves (not on offer in 2018-2019; offered every other year in alternation with Theoretical Cosmology)
- Theoretical Cosmology (offered every other year in alternation with Black Holes and Gravitational Waves)
Master Study Plan
At the start of the master’s programme, students are required to draw up the Master Study Plan: a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, consult the course list for academic year 2018-2019 (see below) and the preliminary course list for academic year 2019-2020.
For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, see the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations.
During the Astronomy master’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 Master Research Project?
- Which electives fit my future ambitions?
- Which type of job would I like to do after my Astronomy master’s?
- What kind of employer would I like to work for?
Click here for the Astronomy career event calendar. This calendar contains an up-to-date overview of all career events relevant to Astronomy master’s students, including:
- Intake with Astronomy Study Advisor
- Lectures from alumni
- Career Information Meeting Astronomy (CIMAS)
- Leiden Observatory Science Day
- Science Career Event (Bètabanenmarkt)
- Company visits, dinners and lectures
- Bio Science Park Excursion
- Leiden University Mentor Network
- Field-specific conferences (Physics@Veldhoven, Fysica, Nederlandse Astronomen Conferentie)
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.
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.
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.