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Astrophysics and Space Research

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24 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

This programme aims to train you as a scientific researcher; it combines observation with theory as you study the physics of the sun, stars, and the universe as a whole.

As part of the national research school for astronomy, and in close collaboration with the We offer the only academic astrophysical education in the Netherlands in close cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Space Research. The cooperation offers students direct access to them who design and build instruments for astronomical research in the field of Astrophysics & Space Research. The programme combines observation and theory to study the physics of the sun, the stars, and the universe as a whole. Data from the best observing instruments on the ground and in space will be available for you as a student. In the first year of this programme you will follow courses in fundamental astronomy/astrophysics, and choose specialised optional courses, which will prepare you for the second year of the programme, which is dedicated to your research project, and culminates in the writing of your Master's thesis. Graduates of the programme are prepared to continue PhD studies in the Netherlands or abroad (50-70%). You will also be well prepared for the demands of the job market at large.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top  100 position in the international rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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