Research course (will run subject to approval)


University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MSc by research

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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). Interested in applying for a scholarship?

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
€13,600 (non-EU/EEA students)

Check our Grantfinder for funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Science Masters