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Physics and Astronomy: Science for Energy and Sustainability (track)

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SfES) is an interdisciplinary track within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. Each discipline contributes courses that can be selected allowing a programme geared towards only physics, a mixture of physics and chemistry or supplemented with courses dealing with societal aspects of sustainability. It's a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability in Amsterdam have to offer me?

SfES combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme allows for a flexible curriculum containing mostly physics or additional chemistry or business oriented courses; as such it covers a broad area of hot topics, such as:

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Green chemistry
  • Photophysical and photochemical energy conversion
  • Biosolar cells and catalysis for sustainable synthesis and energy conversion.

SfES is an outward-looking programme, geared towards the cutting edge of energy and sustainability research. It gives you the skills and knowledge to move from understanding the state-of-the-art, to actually developing new sustainable technologies that can be implemented in society.

Is Science for Energy and Sustainability in Amsterdam the study for me?

It is , if you:

  • are interested in experimental physics with focus on renewable energy and sustainability;
  • want to become (more) aware of the scientific, technological and societal challenges for our future;
  • want to learn how to advance renewable energy resources, promote sustainable development, and use resources more efficiently;
  • want to study the development of technological solutions to global energy and sustainability problems, as well as the societal context of global developments in this field;
  • want to pursue a career that focuses on developing sustainable solutions to our current pressing global situation with regard to energy, climate and sustainability.

Extra scholarships available

For Physics and Astronomy only, we have in addition to our regular Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarships, extra scholarships available for excellent (non-Dutch) EU/EER students. The Amsterdam Physics and Astronomy Scholarship.

Relevant information

Check these pages with relevant information about the programme.

Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam

Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates. As a Physics and Astronomy student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

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Physics and Astronomy: Science for Energy and Sustainability (track)
Degree programme MSc Physics and Astronomy
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016