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Physics and Astronomy: Astronomy and Astrophysics (track)

Career prospects

Astronomy and Astrophysics (MSc Physics and Astronomy)


Graduates of the Master's programme Astronomy and Astrophysics typically pursue careers:

  • as PhD students at astronomy and physics institutes around the world, progressing from there to careers in academia or industry
  • in research, within industry (e.g. Philips, Shell, Océ, ASML)
  • in research, within research institutes (e.g. Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM))
  • as teachers, within high schools or universities
  • as (technical) policy officers, within (science-oriented) governmental and non-profit organisations
  • in business (e.g. ICT companies, telecommunications companies, investment banks, consultancy firms)
  • as writers, for (science-oriented) media
  • as entrepreneurs.