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Astronomy at the University of Groningen

How old is the Universe? How do stars and galaxies develop? What is between the stars? How are planetary systems formed? Fascinated by questions like these? Then Astronomy is the programme for you!

If you are interested in natural sciences, this international programme will appeal to you. You will study the physical processes in the universe, which means that physics and mathematics are an important part of the programme.

Our three-year programme ranks as a top-degree in the Netherlands and  has a regular intake of 20-30 students, ensuring many contact hours and availability of excellent facilities . You still have the opportunity to switch to Physics, Applied Physics or Mathematics in the first semester, which means you can never go wrong!

Spectacular discoveries have recently been made in the field of astronomy, mainly because technological advances make new things possible. In Groningen you can concentrate on the universe itself, or on developing and improving instruments. Our broad programme offers a specialisation in instrumentation and informatics in the minor phase.

The Groningen astronomers are among the best in the world. Research has been carried out at the University since 1883. Groningen astronomers collaborated in the development of the HIFI instrument in the Herschel space telescope, and are involved in the international LOFAR network of radio telescopes.


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Astronomy at the University of Groningen: Programme

Courses year 1
 

  • Calculus 1, 2 & 3
  • Computer Practicum
  • Heat and transport
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Mechanics and relativity 1 & 2
  • Molecules: Structure, Reactivity and Function
  • Physics Laboratory 1
  • Practicals

Courses year 2
 

  • Electricity and magnetism 2
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Physics of Galaxies
  • Physics of Stars
  • Quantum Physics 1 & 2
  • Structure of Matter

Courses year 3
 

  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Astrophysical Hydrodynamica
  • Bachelor's Project (15 ECTS)
  • Electives and minor e.g. Cosmology, Applied Signal Processing, Stellar Structure and Evolution, Radio Astronomy
  • Interstellar Medium


Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

 


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Astronomy at the University of Groningen: Career

Every year we are pleased to be able to report that Astronomy graduates have no problem finding a job. They find jobs in astronomy, but just as easily in the business sector – both within and outside the Netherlands. Depending on which Master's specialization you choose, - Research, technology, advising - there are many career paths open to you!


Continue with astronomy research


As a PhD student you will spend four years carrying out research with professors in a particular field. You then write a thesis, which will earn you the title of Doctor.
Interested in the technology of astronomy?

The degree will qualify you for positions in companies that develop advanced technologies for satellites and telescopes. Many of the techniques you learn as an astronomer are also very useful in other disciplines. The newest medical scanners for example, contain technical advancements originally developed for telescopes.

Excellent career opportunities in the business sector


Astronomers have strong analytical abilities, and are able to solve complicated problems. You will therefore be highly employable in areas where strategy, risk assessment and models are important. A large number of graduates therefore find work with large international companies, software firms and large financial institutions.

Job examples

  •     Advisor
  •     Researcher
  •     Technical innovator

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Astronomy at the University of Groningen: Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject 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.
knowledge minimum    
What if you do not meet the admissions requirements?

We offer a foundation year for students who do not meet the admissions requirements, in association with the Holland International Study Centre. The Foundation year will help you develop your academic skills and English language to the required standard, after which you can progress to the first year of your Bachelor's programme.

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language test Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

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previous education Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

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other admission requirements BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.
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Astronomy at the University of Groningen: Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.


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(Binding) study advice

  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)
  • Get your propaedeutic diploma in the first 24 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first and second years of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

In addition, you are also expected to pass all your first-year exams by the end of your second year of study. If you don't, you will be issued a negative result and will have to leave the degree programme.You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand.

Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.


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