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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 10900

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About Astronomy at University of Groningen

How old is the Universe? How do stars and galaxies develop? What is between the stars? How are planetary systems formed? Fascinated by questions like these? Then Astronomy is the programme for you!

If you are interested in natural sciences, this international programme will appeal to you. You will study the physical processes in the universe, which means that physics and mathematics are an important part of the programme.

Our three-year programme ranks as a top-degree in the Netherlands and has a regular intake of20-30 students, ensuring many contact hours and availability of excellent facilities. You still have the opportunity to switch to Physics, Applied Physics or Mathematics in the first semester, which means you can never go wrong! 

Spectacular discoveries have recently been made in the field of astronomy, mainly because technological advances make new things possible. In Groningen you can concentrate on the universe itself,or on developing and improving instruments. Our broad programme offers a specialisation in instrumentation and informatics in the minor phase.

The Groningen astronomers are among the best in the world.Research has been carried out at the University since 1883.Groningen astronomers collaborated in the development of the HIFIinstrument in the Herschel space telescope, and are involved in the international LOFAR network of radio telescopes.

How old is the Universe? How do stars and galaxies develop? What is between the stars? How are planetary systems formed? Fascinated by questions like these? Then Astronomy is the programme for you!

If you are interested in natural sciences, this international programme will appeal to you. You will study the physical processes in the universe, which means that physics and mathematics are an important part of the programme.

Our three-year programme ranks as a top-degree in the Netherlands and has a regular intake of20-30 students, ensuring many contact hours and availability of excellent facilities. You still have the opportunity to switch to Physics, Applied Physics or Mathematics in the first semester, which means you can never go wrong! 

Spectacular discoveries have recently been made in the field of astronomy, mainly because technological advances make new things possible. In Groningen you can concentrate on the universe itself,or on developing and improving instruments. Our broad programme offers a specialisation in instrumentation and informatics in the minor phase.

The Groningen astronomers are among the best in the world.Research has been carried out at the University since 1883.Groningen astronomers collaborated in the development of the HIFIinstrument in the Herschel space telescope, and are involved in the international LOFAR network of radio telescopes.

After your studies

Job prospects

Every year we are pleased to be able to report that Astronomy graduates have no problem finding a job. They find jobs in astronomy, but just as easily in the business sector - both within and outside the Netherlands. Depending on which Master's specialization you choose, - Research, technology, advising - there are many career paths open to you!

Continue with astronomy research

As a PhD student you will spend four years carrying out research with professors in a particular field. You then write a thesis,which will earn you the title of Doctor.

Interested in the technology of astronomy?

The degree will qualify you for positions in companies that develop advanced technologies for satellites and telescopes. Many of the techniques you learn as an astronomer are also very useful in other disciplines. The newest medical scanners for example,contain technical advancements originally developed for telescopes.

Excellent career opportunities in the business sector

Astronomers have strong analytical abilities, and are able to solve complicated problems. You will therefore be highly employable in areas where strategy, risk assessment and models are important.A large number of graduates therefore find work with large international companies, software firms and large financial institutions.

Every year we are pleased to be able to report that Astronomy graduates have no problem finding a job. They find jobs in astronomy, but just as easily in the business sector - both within and outside the Netherlands. Depending on which Master's specialization you choose, - Research, technology, advising - there are many career paths open to you!

Continue with astronomy research

As a PhD student you will spend four years carrying out research with professors in a particular field. You then write a thesis,which will earn you the title of Doctor.

Interested in the technology of astronomy?

The degree will qualify you for positions in companies that develop advanced technologies for satellites and telescopes. Many of the techniques you learn as an astronomer are also very useful in other disciplines. The newest medical scanners for example,contain technical advancements originally developed for telescopes.

Excellent career opportunities in the business sector

Astronomers have strong analytical abilities, and are able to solve complicated problems. You will therefore be highly employable in areas where strategy, risk assessment and models are important.A large number of graduates therefore find work with large international companies, software firms and large financial institutions.

Job examples

  • Researcher
  • Advisor
  • Technical innovator
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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 10900 per year

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

Admission requirements

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additional subject

Mathematics and 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 bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92,a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)issions/bsc/languagefor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc ApplicationProcedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)lor-degree-programme

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/bsc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Ook is een voldoende op je vwo-Engels aan te bevelen omdat deopleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

Heb je een andere vooropleiding, zoals een HBO-propedeuse of eenniet-toereikend vwo-diploma? Kijk dan voor meer informatie over detoelatingsprocedure via de Toelatingscommissie BSc opleidingen FSEop:

http://www.rug.nl/(...)lating-inschrijving/

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Bachelor's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

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