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MSc Astronomy

Course Description

A Master's degree in Astronomy is a gateway into a wide world of science and technology.

Students in the program are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading on astronomical research on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, neutron stars and black holes.

The two-year curriculum connected to the Master's degree can be tailored according to the interests and capabilities of the student. The wide range of options include the possibility to focus on observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and informatics, or astronomy teaching.

The curriculum as well as the career prospects are being monitored continuously, and are consistently evaluated very positively. Dutch Astronomy graduates in general, and Kapteyn graduates in particular, have excellent career prospects, within and outside science.

To enable students to gain additional experience in business and economics as well as to follow a company internship, the special Master's profile 'Business and Policy' has been designed.

We have two scholarship available of €10.000,- per year for talented international students, offered by the Research School for Astronomy (NOVA).

Why in Groningen?

- Close connections with two major national astronomical foundations: ASTRON and SRON
- Also instrumentation specialization Excellent facilities at your disposal
- Excellent facilities
- International and vibrant research environment
- Scholarships avaialable for talented students

Job perspectives

The objective of the Groningen Master's degree program is to give students the best opportunity for participation in major European or global astronomical research projects, in PhD programs, and in professions dealing with astronomical instrumentation and informatics.

While the Master's program in Astronomy is primarily aimed at training researchers, a substantial amount of graduates successfully find employment in the public or private sector. Astronomy graduates are well-trained problem solvers, skilled professionally not only in astronomy but also in physics, mathematics, IT and computing science.

Job examples

- PhD research position
- Participate in astronomical research projects
- Professions dealing with astronomical instrumentation and informatics
- Professions in ICT companies, banking, insurances
- Professions in ICT companies, banking, insurances

Visit the MSc Astronomy page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Astronomy; possible admission for a Bachelor's degree in Physics or Applied Physics.This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

Course Fees

2015/16 EU/EEA: €1951 (Full-time); non-EU/EEA: €13600 (Full-time)

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