M.Sc. On Campus

Astronomy Research

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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At the Astronomy Research MSc programme offered by Leiden University, you will focus on astronomical data analysis using models and large-scale simulation, combining the fields of Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.


This 2-year Astronomy Research MSc programme offered by Leiden University consists of advanced Astronomy courses, two research projects in Astronomy, and courses on science topics related to Astronomy. It allows the broadest programme, including a significant component from adjacent fields, such as Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The overall goal is to prepare you for conducting independent research in astronomy.

Are you aiming for a career in astronomical research? Are you looking for a broad master’s programme in Astronomy with many opportunities to assemble your own study path? Then Astronomy Research at Leiden University is the right programme for you.

Career Opportunities

Most graduates holding a MSc degree in Astronomy from Leiden University find work in many different capacities, including:
  • Research: universities, observatories, research institutes
  • Industry and consultancy: ICT, R&D, telecom, high technology, aerospace
  • Finance: banking, insurance, pension funds
  • Public sector: governments, policy makers, high schools
  • Science communication: journalism, popular writing, museums

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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)

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

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  • 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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