Astronomy and Business Studies

Leiden University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
19100 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In the master’s specialisation Astronomy and Business Studies, at Leiden University, you combine high quality research in astronomy with extensive training in management and entrepreneurship.


This MSc track prepares students for a career in science-related business and administration and for innovation and enterprise from an astronomy perspective.In addition to knowledge of astronomy, students obtain competence with respect to organisations, people in organisations and the establishment and management of processes.The first year of the track focuses on astronomy; in the second year the student will specialise in Science-Based Business.

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.

Do you pursue a management career in industry from an astronomy research perspective? Want to learn all about technology commercialization strategies? Then, Astronomy and Business Studies at Leiden University is the master’s specialisation of choice for you. It enables you to broaden your scope outside astronomy research. The Business Studies specialisation offers training that is analytically rigorous and connected to practice through class discussions based on real-life business cases, company visits, guest speakers, and an internship experience.

Acquired skills and competence

  • With a Leiden degree in Astronomy you obtain an impressive skill set leading you to a top-level job quickly after graduation (see Beste Banen 2016). As a strong communicator and collaborator you can easily operate in an international setting. 
  • You have acquired extensive astronomical research experience and highly advanced analytical and problem solving skills. Their helicopter view and ability to prioritise enable astronomers to successfully engage in large multidisciplinary projects.

Programme Structure

Programme outline

  • The Astronomy component of the Astronomy and Science Based Business specialisation contains a Master’s Research Project in one of the research groups of the Leiden Observatory, concluded by a Master's thesis and an oral presentation, as well as a selection of Astronomy and non-Astronomy courses. 
  • Within the business component you will follow the management track: The Management track is for students who consider employment opportunities in industry, and who are looking to acquire knowledge of business principles and training in managerial skills. The track provides an introduction to general management theory and practice.

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.

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.
  • EU/EEA

    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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