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Astronomy: Astronomy and Education

Structure of the Programme

The Astronomy and Education specialisation prepares students for a career in physics teaching and results in the teacher qualification (eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid) required for employment as a teacher in Dutch secondary schools. It is a joint programme offered in collaboration with the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). The 2-year programme consists of an Astronomy component (60 EC) to be followed during the first year and an Education component (60 EC; only taught in Dutch) to be followed in the second year.

Programme (120 EC)

Level EC
Astronomy Core Courses, at least 500 12
Astronomy Courses of any type 400-500 6-12
Non-Astronomy Courses 400-500 6-12
Education Theory I 400 5
Learning and Instruction 1 & 2 300-400 7
Teaching Methodology 1 & 2 400-500 10
Design Research 600 7
Teaching and Practice 1 & 2 30
Individual Choice 400 1
Internship and Research Projects
Master's Research Project in Astronomy 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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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

General Astronomy Courses:

Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

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

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

High-energy Astrophysics 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: