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Astronomy: Astronomy Research

Structure of the programme

This 2-year programme 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 (Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science) and prepares students for conducting independent research in Astronomy.

Programme (120 EC)

Level EC
Astronomy Core Courses, at least 500 18
Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses, at least 400-500 6
Astronomy Courses of any type 400-500 12
Non-Astronomy courses 400-500 24
Research Projects
First Research Project 500 30
Master's Research Project 600 30

Master Study Plan

At the start of the Master’s programme, students 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. To select courses, students need to consult the course list for academic year 2016-2017 (see below), and/or the course list for academic year 2017-2018 (available in Spring 2017).

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For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, see the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations

Courses 2016-2017

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Astronomy Core Courses:

Galaxies: structure, dynamics and evolution 6
Interstellar Medium 6
Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Stellar Structure and Evolution 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments 6
Observational High-Energy Astrophysics 3
Detection of Light a 3
Detection of Light a + b 6
Radio Astronomy 6

General Astronomy Courses:

Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

High-energy Astrophysics 3

Inter-faculty Electives:

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

Additional BSc Courses if required:

Radiative Processes 5
On being a Scientist 3

Non-Astronomy Courses:

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