M.Sc. On Campus

Astronomy and Education

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Astronomy and Education MSc programme at Leiden University prepares you for a career as a teacher in secondary schools. After completion you obtained the qualifications to be a Physics teacher.


What does this Astronomy and Education MSc programme at Leiden University entail?

Astronomy and Education optimally prepares you to teach the subject of physics to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in astronomy. The programme comprises a one-year Astronomy component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master’s specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school pupils for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of (astro)physics.

Programme overview

At the start of the master’s programme, you 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. The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of an Astronomy component to be followed in the first year, and an Education component in the second year, offered by the Leiden Graduate School of Teaching. On top of the Education component, you can also participate in the World Teachers Programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Interstellar Medium
  • Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation
  • Origin and Evolution of the Universe
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Galaxies: structure, dynamics and evolution
  • Simulation and Modeling in Astrophysics (AMUSE)
  • Star and Planet Formation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or in an Astronomy-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have in-depth knowledge (comparable to undergraduate courses of the Leiden Astronomy curriculum) with:

  • a theoretical and mathematical emphasis, including quantum physics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and complex analysis.
  • courses in the field of Astronomy.
  • and with proficiency in programming, preferably in the Python language.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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