Astronomy and Education

Leiden University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
19100 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Astronomy and Education specialisation comprises a one-year astronomy research component and a one-year education component. 


Student teachers develop their competences to innovate their practice (e.g., by developing and testing instruction on a specific topic). This track meets the requirements to obtain the degree eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid in Physics, needed for teaching at Dutch secondary schools.

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.

Programme Structure

Astronomy component (60 EC)
  • Astronomy core courses (> 12 EC)
  • Other astronomy courses (6-12 EC)
  • Non-astronomy courses (6-12 EC)
  • Master’s Research Project in astronomy (30 EC)
Education component (60 EC, in Dutch)
  • Education courses (30 EC, in Dutch)
  • Teaching and practice (30 EC, in Dutch)
World Teaching Programme (60 EC, in Dutch and English)
  • Education courses (30 EC, partly in Dutch)
  • International teaching and practice (30 EC, in English)

If you already have successfully completed the minor Education in your BSc programme, you only need 30 EC of the specific education modules. The remaining 30 EC is then added to the electives of the Astronomy programme.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Dutch


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19100 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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