Why in Leiden?


  • Leiden Observatory is one of the few places in the world that offers a programme with a special focus on astronomical instrumentation;
  • Students get unique hands-on lab experience and immediately participate in cutting-edge instrument projects for ESO (VLT, E-ELT) and ESA (JWST, Euclid);
  • State-of-the-art courses are taught by scientists and researchers of international fame;
  • Training is in small teaching groups, which ensures close interaction between students and research staff;
  • An exclusive scholarship (Walraven scholarship) is available for excellent international MSc students;
  • Students have the opportunity to carry out research projects at nearby institutes and high-tech companies;





MSc Specialisation at Leiden University, the Netherlands