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February - September


2 year



Students in the Astronomy programme are trained by leading experts in the field of cutting-edge astronomical research. During their Astronomy Master's programme, students make use of observations and data from the world’s foremost ground- and space-based telescopes as well as theoretical, computational and astrochemical modelling, large scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space. The programme offers a lot of flexibility in choosing your courses and research focus and can be tailor-made to your specific interests.


  • Astronomy Research
  • Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Astronomy and Data Science
  • Astronomy and Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Education (partly in Dutch)
  • Astronomy and Business Studies
  • Astronomy and Science Communication and Society


Graduates find employment in research, industry and the public sector, including technological, data science, financial and consultancy companies, research institutes, governments and science communication organisations.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in astronomy or physics with modules in astronomy. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in related sciences such as mathematics, computer science or aerospace engineering may be considered.

English proficiency**

IELTS: minimum 6.5 (minimum 6.0 per component)
TOEFL: internet-based 90 (minimum 20 per component)

Faculty of Science


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EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
*** For application via CIRCLE programme, limited spots are available
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.