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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Astronomy at University of Groningen

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

Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renownedKapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomicalresearch on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, star andplanet formation, neutron stars and black holes.

The two-year curriculum of the Master's degree can be tailoredaccording to your own interests and capabilities. The wide range ofoptions include the possibility to focus on observationalastronomy, theoretical astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and informatics, data science or astronomy teaching. 

Dutch Astronomy graduates in general, and Kapteyngraduates in particular, have excellent career prospects, withinand outside of science. The Master's programme in Groningen isranked as a top-degree in the Netherlands (by the 'Keuzegids').Facilities are being ranked as outstanding, while the quality of the lecturers, the research component as well as the preparationfor the professional field through e.g. internships are ranked asvery good.

To enable students to gain additional experience in business andeconomics as well as to follow a company internship, the specialMaster's profile 'Business and Policy' has been designed.
We have two scholarship available of €10.000,- peryear for talented international students, offered bythe Research School for Astronomy (NOVA). Interested inapplying for a scholarship? Moreinformation can be found here.

Study guide

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

Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renownedKapteyn Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomicalresearch on galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, starand planet formation, neutron stars and black holes.

The two-year curriculum of the Master's degree can be tailoredaccording to your own interests and capabilities. The wide range ofoptions include the possibility to focus on observationalastronomy, theoretical astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and informatics, data science or astronomy teaching. 

Dutch Astronomy graduates in general, and Kapteyngraduates in particular, have excellent career prospects, withinand outside of science. The Master's programme in Groningen isranked as a top-degree in the Netherlands (by the 'Keuzegids').Facilities are being ranked as outstanding, while the quality of the lecturers, the research component as well as the preparationfor the professional field through e.g. internships are ranked asvery good.

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

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After your studies

Job prospects

The objective of the Groningen Master's degree program is togive students the best opportunity for participation in majorEuropean 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 attraining researchers, a substantial amount of graduatessuccessfully find employment in the public or private sector.Astronomy graduates are well-trained problem solvers, skilledprofessionally not only in astronomy but also in physics,mathematics, IT and computing science.

The objective of the Groningen Master's degree program is togive students the best opportunity for participation in majorEuropean 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 attraining researchers, a substantial amount of graduatessuccessfully find employment in the public or private sector.Astronomy graduates are well-trained problem solvers, skilledprofessionally 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
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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
AstronomyAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

(to be decided by the admissions board)

PhysicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Technische NatuurkundeUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

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additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the Board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge. Applications areevaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until theapplication deadline to apply.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy; admission is decidedon a case by case basis for applicants with at least 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 ofyour previous degree programme meet the admission requirements.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoget the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within theirscholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/(...)/en/s32512?rid=30027

Admission requirements

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previous education

Bachelor's degree in Astronomy; possible admission for aBachelor's degree in Physics or Applied Physics.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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