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Full time September, February MSc Full-time: 2 years

About the course

The master's programme Astronomy covers observations using the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, large scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this two-year master’s programme in Astronomy you get access to cutting edge research in modern astronomy. Main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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Scholarships

Leiden Observatory is pleased to announce the availability of the J.H. Oort Scholarship for excellent, international (i.e. non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarships are meant for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics, and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy by enrolling in one of the Astronomy research specialisations at Leiden University. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

The scholarships are for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year. For a full scholarship the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to € 11,000 per year for living costs. Partial scholarships may also be awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9400

Eligibility

Scholarship for non-Dutch Astronomy students.

Application Procedure

MSc applicants who wish to be considered for an J.H. Oort Scholarship must do the following before the deadline of October 15 (starting in February) or February 1 (starting in September):

1.Apply for admission to the MSc programme in Astronomy through the online application system. Note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.

2.Send a brief statement by email to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl. The statement should include full contact information and it should motivate why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support.

Leiden Observatory is pleased to announce the availability of the NOVA Scholarship for excellent, international (i.e. non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarship is meant for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics, and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy by enrolling in one of the Astronomy research specialisations at Leiden University. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support. The scholarships are for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year. For a full scholarship the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to € 11,000 per year for living costs. Partial scholarships may also be awarded.

The scholarship is for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year. For a full scholarship the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to € 11,000 per year for living costs. Partial scholarships may also be awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9400

Eligibility

Scholarship for non-Dutch MSc Astronomy students.

Application Procedure

MSc applicants who wish to be considered for a NOVA Scholarship must do the following before the deadline of February 1 (start in September):

1.Apply for admission to the MSc programme in Astronomy through the online application system. Note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.

2.Send a brief statement by email to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl. The statement should include full contact information and it should motivate why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support

The Walraven Scholarship, named after the Dutch pioneer of high-precision photoelectric photometry and genius in instrumentation Theodore (Fjeda) Walraven (1916 - 2008), is available for excellent, international (non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarship is intended for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy, specialising in Instrumentation at Leiden University. Students enrolled in the Astronomy and Instrumentation specialisation follow a challenging programme, containing fundamental courses in astronomy as well as in state-of-the-art observational and instrumental techniques; they also carry out research projects in both astronomy and instrumentation. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship is for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year.

For a full scholarship the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to € 11,000 per year for living costs.

A partial scholarship may also be awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9400

Eligibility

Scholarship for non-Dutch Astronomy students.

Application Procedure

Apply for admission to the MSc programme in Astronomy through the ionline application system. Please note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.

2. Send a brief statement by email to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl. The statement should include full contact information and should mention why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support.

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