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Astronomy: Astronomy and Science Based Business

Structure of the Programme (120 EC)

The specialisation Astronomy and Science Based Business (SBB) offers students the possibility to combine the astronomy curriculum with training in management, business and entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to enhance their skills and competencies for pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities created in science and research. The 2-year programme consists of an Astronomy component, to be followed in the first year, and a Science Based Business (SBB) or Research Based Business (RBB) component, to be followed in the second year:

Year 1 Mandatory Course: Level EC Stellar Structure and Evolution 500 6 Other Astronomy Core Course 500 6 Electives: Level EC Non-Astronomy Courses 400 – 500 6 – 12 Other Astronomy Courses 400 – 500 6 – 12 Research Projects: Level EC Medium Research Project in Astronomy 600 30 Year 2 Mandatory Course: Level EC SBB Fundamentals or Principles of RBB 400 15 Internship: Level EC SBB Internship or RBB Assignment 600 25 – 35 Electives: Level EC Astronomy or SBB/RBB Courses 400 – 500 10 – 20 ### Master Study Plan

At the start of the master’s programme in September, students are required to draw up a complete overview of the courses and projects they are planning to follow in the 2 subsequent academic years. This Master Study Plan needs to be approved by the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, students need to consult the course list for academic year 2015-2016 (see below), and/or the course list for academic year 2016-2017 (see: Astronomy and Science Based Business, 2016-2017).

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Courses 2015-16

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Astronomy Core Courses:

Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Stellar Structure and Evolution 6

General Astronomy Courses:

Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6
Star and Planet Formation 6
Computational Astrophysics 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

Optics and Instruments 6
High Contrast Imaging 3
Project Management for Scientists 3
Astronomy from Space 3
Detection of Light a 3
Detection of Light a + b 6

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

Compact Objects and Accretion 3
Databases and Data Mining in Astronomy 3
Observational Cosmology 3
Astrochemistry 3

Inter-faculty Electives:

Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology 4

Non-Astronomy Courses:

These courses can be selected from the courses offered by the following Leiden MSc programmes:

SBB/RBB Programme:

For more information on courses and programme, please see: