M.Sc. On Campus

Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Astronomy and Science Communication and Society MSc programme at Leiden University focuses on the interaction between science and society.


Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in astronomy with extensive training in science communication. 

After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong astronomy background, or an astronomer with a communicating mindset.

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Want to combine high quality astronomy research with professional science communication? Then, this Astronomy and Science Communication and Society MSc programme at Leiden University is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or an astronomy researcher with a communicating mindset.

Acquired skills and competence

  • With a Leiden degree in Astronomy you have become a strong communicator and collaborator and can operate in an international setting with ease. You have acquired extensive astronomical research experience and highly advanced analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Students are prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, a science policy maker, a public relations officer, a science journalist, a health officer, a museum educator, a science communication researcher or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mindset.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Master's Research Project
  • Astronomy Student Colloquium
  • 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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