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Astronomy: Astronomy and Cosmology

Structure of the Programme

The Astronomy and Cosmology specialisation is part of the De Sitter programme. It offers the student the possibility to conduct a Research Master in Astronomy with a particular focus on modern observational and theoretical cosmology. This 2-year programme is offered in collaboration with the Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at Leiden University (LION).

Programme (120 EC)

Level EC
Mandatory Astronomy Courses
Origin and Evolution of the Universe 500 6
Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 500 6
Mandatory Physics Courses
Particle Physics and Early Universe 500 6
Theory of General Relativity 400 6
Elective Courses
Astronomy Core Courses, at least 500 6
Astronomy Courses of any type 400-500 24-30
Related Physics Courses 400-500 12
Research Projects
First Research Project in General Astronomy 500 30
Master's Research Project in Cosmology 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).

Learn more

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