There are not many graduates who have advanced expertise on astronomical instrumentation. The broad scope of the Astronomy and Instrumentation programme provides students with a MSc level training highly sought after by employers, not only in astronomical instrumentation, but also in other areas of high-tech instrumentation development. Graduates can easily apply their knowledge and skills to neighbouring areas of science and technology – including instrumentation for environmental and medical applications.


Most graduates holding a MSc or a PhD degree in Astronomy from Leiden University, find work in many different capacities, including:

    • high-technology;
    • aerospace industry;
    • computer software;
    • telecommunications.

Some graduates continue in science by pursuing a PhD and get research positions at universities, observatories or research institutes.

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MSc Specialisation at Leiden University, the Netherlands