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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

All study options

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.

Studyguide

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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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

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

Specific requirementsMore information
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

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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