How old is the Universe? How do stars and galaxies develop? What is between the stars, and how are planetary systems formed? If you are fascinated by questions like these, then Astronomy is the degree programme for you!

Obviously, astronomy is about the Universe, stars, and planets. But if you are interested in other natural sciences, it is likely that this degree programme will also appeal to you. You will study the physical processes in the Universe, so physics and mathematics are also an important part of the programme.

Is Astronomy for you?

The job of an astronomer is to try to map and understand the universe – to study the stars, the gases between the stars, clusters of galaxies, and to find out how they form and why they sometimes disappear. Spectacular discoveries have been made in the field of astronomy in recent years, mainly because technological advances are making more and more things possible. In this degree programme, you can concentrate on the Universe itself, or on developing and improving the instruments used to do this.

Astronomy is for you if:

- you are fascinated by stars and planets
- you like to analyze complex processes
- you are good at science subjects
- you are someone who is determined and perseveres

Why Astronomy in Groningen?

Why come to Groningen to study astronomy? Because you will be taught by astronomers from the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, which was founded in 1883 and is one of the largest and most highly renowned institutes in the Netherlands. The institute works closely with various organizations such as SRON and ASTRON. And the degree programme has more to commend it.

International contacts

The Groningen astronomers are among the best in the world. Research into astronomy has been carried out at the University of Groningen since 1883. Astronomers from Groningen collaborated on the development of the HIFI instrument in the Herschel space telescope, and are also involved in the international LOFAR network of radio telescopes and the GAIA satellite that will be charting a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy.

A small department, so communication is easy

The department is small and therefore on a personal scale. You have daily contact with professors, researchers, and students. This also means that your questions can be answered quickly.

Choose the specialization that suits you

After the 3-year Bachelor’s degree programme, you can choose from two different 2-year Master’s programmes. The MSc in Astronomy enables you to specialize in almost any field of astronomy.

The best astronomical instruments

Through cooperation with the world’s largest observatories, we have access to the most advanced instruments, which enable us to carry out top-level research. We have excellent facilities, including a mirror telescope on the roof of our building. It is one of the largest in the country and can photograph objects in deep space.

Admission Requirements

Language requirements

If you are a native English speaker or if you hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from providing us with proof of your English language proficiency. If you need to provide proof, acceptable test scores are:

  • TOEFL IBT score of 92
  • TOEFL CBT score of 237
  • TOEFL PBT score of 580
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • CAE or CPE certificate.

If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that is not listed here, please contact us for more information.

Previous education

You will need a secondary education with qualifications for entrance to an undergraduate programme at a university. This includes:

  • UK - 3 A Levels
  • Germany - Abitur
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - 24 points or higher.

If you want to know if your diploma is accepted, please contact us or look on our website.

Additional requirements

Your diploma will need to include a course in Mathematics and 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 bachelor programme for which you applied.

Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2019)

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA students: € 2083
  • non-EU/EEA students: € 12500
Program taught in:
  • English

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