Astronomy and Education, 2018-2019
Structure of the Programme
The Astronomy and Education specialisation prepares you for a career in physics teaching and results in the teacher qualification (eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid) required for employment as a physics teacher in Dutch secondary schools. It is a joint programme offered in collaboration with the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). The two-year programme consists of an Astronomy component (60 EC) in the first year and an Education component (60 EC; only taught in Dutch) in the second year. Alternatively, you can participate in the World Teachers Programme (WTP) to prepare for international teaching (60 EC, partly taught in Dutch).
Please note that entrance requirements for the Astronomy and Education specialisation include a proof of Dutch language proficiency. This also holds for the World Teachers Programme. Applicants who have not been educated in the Dutch secondary school system will have to take a Dutch language test (Toelatingsexamen Universiteit Leiden – gevorderd).
Programme first year: Astronomy (60 EC)
|Astronomy Core Courses, at least||12||500|
|Astronomy Courses of any type||6-12||400-500|
|Master's Research Project in Astronomy||30||600|
Programme second year: Education (60 EC, in Dutch)
|Learning and Instruction 1 & 2||8||300-400|
|Teaching Methodology 1 & 2||10||400-500|
|Teaching and Practice 1 & 2||30||-|
Programme second year: World Teachers Programme (60 EC, in Dutch/English)
|Learning and Instruction 1 & 2 (in English)||8||300-400|
|Teaching Methodology 1 & 2 (in Dutch)||10||400-500|
|Education Theory (in English)||5||400|
|Participatory Action Research (PAR, in English)||7||600|
|World Teachers Programme Seminars||-||-|
|School Practice (bilingual or international school)||15||-|
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
- Teaching Physics e-Prospectus (in Dutch)
- Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON) website
- World Teachers Programme (WTP) website
Astronomy Master's Research Project
|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 + b||2||6||500|
|Detection of Light a||2||3||500|
Specialist Astronomy Courses
|Numerical Recipes in Astrophysics||2||6||500|
|Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives||2||6||400|
|Science Methodology (SCM)||2||4||400|
These courses can be selected from the courses offered by the following Leiden University master's programmes:
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.