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Study programme

Science for Energy and Sustainability (MSc Physics and Astronomy)


The program has a course load of 60 EC, all of which take place in the first year. Your courses will be carefully chosen in consultation with the track coordinator. You are encouraged to conduct several research projects inside and outside academia, focusing on academic physics research, interdisciplinary research and applied, or societal research.

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Current Sustainable Energy Technologies (6 EC)
  • Project Sustainable Future (6 EC)
  • Academic Skills courses (6 EC in total, academic course or an individual, society oriented research project)
  • SfES project (6EC, applied or academic research project or academic literature thesis)

Besides these core courses, four restricted choice courses (24 EC) are required. For example:

  • Emergent Energy Materials (physics, 6 EC)
  • Photovoltaics and Organic Photovoltaics (physics, both 6 EC)
  • Photosynthesis  (physics, chemistry, biology, 6 EC)
  • Biosolar Cells (physics, chemistry, 6EC)
  • more chemistry-focused courses for physicists:  Environmental Chemistry, Green Chemistry (both 6EC)
  • more society-related courses: Energy and Climate Change: Science, Policy and Economics and Management of Sustainable Innovation (both 6EC)

In addition, 12 EC of free choice can be used to wilful specific requirements, e.g. for advanced courses or deficiencies, or to broaden your intellect.

For detailed information on the courses, check the Course Catalogue

Thesis and research project

The second year of the programme consists of:

  • a research project (60 EC in total, two projects are also possible )

You conduct your research project within one of the research groups at the Amsterdam universities or at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad) or, in case of two projects, a research internship at a company or industry is also possible (24 EC max). Every internship is concluded with a Master's thesis, which you present during a colloquium. 

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.