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As a student of Leiden University you’ll receive a student account (ULCN account). This gives you access to the university’s systems and work stations. You'll first need to activate your ULCN account.
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Welcome at the Faculty of Science. All information you will need to start with your studies, you will find on the programme's tab.
Is there no information yet, or did you not find an answer to your question? Please contact the co-ordinator or advisor of studies.
Welcome to the Astronomy master's programme! For a successful start of your two-year education programme, please carefully read all information below.
Intake with the Astronomy study advisor
In the Summer preceding the academic year in which you start your Astronomy master's, the Astronomy study advisor will invite you for an intake meeting. The Astronomy study coordinator is located in room 567 of the Oort Building. The main objective of the intake meeting is to discuss your Master Study Plan and your research interests. This means that you have some homework to do before you start.
- Draft your Master Study Plan. Click here for instructions.
- Think about the area(s) in which you would like to carry out your First Research Project. Together with the Astronomy study advisor, you will identify at least three potential supervisors for your First Research Project. You will then later talk to all of them in person before deciding whom to work with. Keep in mind that the First Research Project and the Master's Research Project cannot be in the same areas of research.
Meet the Astronomy study coordinator
Upon your arrival at Leiden University and the institute of Leiden Observatory, make sure to meet the Astronomy study coordinator, who will help you with many practical matters. The Astronomy study coordinator is located in room 564 of the Oort Building.
Download the Astronomy Bluffer's Guide!
The Astronomy Bluffer's Guide provides incoming Astronomy master's students with a practical introduction to studying at Leiden Observatory. Please note that this document only covers Astronomy-related issues. General information about the Faculty of Science and Leiden University can be found on their respective tabs.Astronomy Bluffer's Guide 2018-2019