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Astronomy: Astronomy and Education

Structure of the Programme (120 EC)

The Astronomy and Education specialisation prepares students for a career in physics teaching and results in the teacher qualification (eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid) required for employment as a teacher in Dutch secondary schools. It is a joint programme offered in collaboration with the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON).
The programme consists of an Astronomy component (60 EC), to be followed during the first year, and an Education component (60 EC; only taught in Dutch), to be followed in the second year:

Year 1 Mandatory Courses: Level EC Stellar Structure and Evolution 500 6 Other Astronomy Core Course 500 6 Electives: Level EC Non-Astronomy Courses 400 – 500 6 – 12 Other Astronomy Courses 400 – 500 6 – 12 Research Projects: Level EC Medium Research Project in Astronomy 600 30 Year 2 Courses/Teaching Practice: Level EC Educational Theory l 400 5 Learning and Instruction 1 & 2 300 – 400 7 Teaching Methodology 1 & 2 400 – 500 10 Design Research 600 7 Individual Choice 400 1 Teaching Practice 1 & 2 n/a 30 ### Master Study Plan

At the start of the master’s programme in September, students are required to draw up a complete overview of the courses and projects they are planning to follow in the 2 subsequent academic years. This Master Study Plan needs to be approved by the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, students need to consult the course list for academic year 2015-2016 (see below), and/or the course list for academic year 2016-2017 (see: Astronomy and Education, 2016-2017).

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Courses 2015-16

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Astronomy Core Courses:

Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Stellar Structure and Evolution 6

General Astronomy Courses:

Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6
Star and Planet Formation 6
Computational Astrophysics 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

High Contrast Imaging 3
Optics and Instruments 6
Project Management for Scientists 3
Astronomy from Space 3
Detection of Light a 3
Detection of Light a + b 6

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

Compact Objects and Accretion 3
Databases and Data Mining in Astronomy 3
Observational Cosmology 3
Astrochemistry 3

Non-Astronomy Courses:

These courses can be selected from the courses offered by the following Leiden MSc programmes:

Inter-faculty Electives:

Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology 4