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What is Astronomy?

A clearly structured degree programme with a worldwide reputation

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!

More than stars and planets

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.

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.

Herschel – the largest space telescope ever built – has an infra-red instrument called the HIFI that is giving us more information about how planets and stars are formed.Astronomers from Groningen helped to develop the instrument.
Herschel – the largest space telescope ever built – has an infra-red instrument called the HIFI that is giving us more information about how planets and stars are formed.Astronomers from Groningen helped to develop the instrument.

About the degree programme:

Language:

English

Study duration:

3 years

Title:

Bachelor of Science

Employability outside the field of Astronomy

When you have a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, a number of Master’s programmes with excellent career prospects are open to you. Approximately half our graduates go into research. Others have no problem finding jobs in the business sector, for example with large international software companies and large financial institutions. That might seem strange, but astronomy graduates have the ability to formulate complex calculation models or map out strategic changes.

Last modified:01 February 2017 11.43 a.m.