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The track Science for Energy and Sustainability 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.

Programme outline

This two-year Master's programme consists of obligatory courses and elective courses, a research project and a literature study. 

Upon entry, you choose whether to pursue a Physics-oriented or Chemistry-oriented version of the track. In your first year you take all your courses. Your whole second year is dedicated to your research project and literature study. It is also possible to follow this programme part-time.

For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue.


  • Compulsory courses (12 EC)
    • Current Sustainable Energy Technologies
    • Project Sustainable Future
  • Constrained choice Chemistry (min 18 EC)
    • Green and Circular Chemistry  
    • Biocatalysis for a Sustainable Future     
    • Materials Design for Circular Economy 
    • Plastic & Chemical Pollution     
    • Environmental Chemistry          
    • Catalysis for Sustainable Energy             
    • Reactor Concepts and Flow Chemistry  
    • Electrochemical Processes and Batteries            
    • Molecular Modelling for Sustainability
  • Constrained choice Physics (min 6 EC)
    • BioSolar Cells
    • Emergent Energy Materials
    • Photovoltaics
    • Photosynthesis and Energy
  • Constrained choice Management, Business, and Innovation (min 6 EC)
    • Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics       
    • Management of Sustainable Innovation
  • Elective courses
    • Concepts in Chemical Biology   
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis           
    • Homogeneous Catalysis            
    • Human and Environmental Toxicology
    • All other courses from this track and from the MSc Chemistry
Why did you choose the track Science for Energy and Sustainability | Ask UvA
Why did you choose the track Science for Energy and Sustainability | Ask UvA

Roos Bakker, Master's student in Chemistry, explains why she chose the Science for Energy and Sustainability track.

Research project

The programme's research training takes place in the form of a research project, conducted either within one of the participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. The project includes a written Master's thesis and an oral presentation.

Literature study 

In addition to the research project you also do a literature study on a subject of your own choosing. You will present your results in an oral presentation to the staff of the division or institute and your fellow students. 

Studying part-time

The Chemistry Master can also be done part-time, however there is no separate part-time programme. Part-time in this case means that you do the same programme as the full-time programme, but at your own pace, for example one course per period instead of two. Therefore the schedule for part-time studying is a subset of the full-time schedule, which means that per period you choose which courses to follow, so you can spread out the workload. There are no evening classes and no separate courses for part-time students. You do the exact same programme as the full-time students, at the same moments, only it takes longer.

The tuition fee for the part-time programme is different from the one for the full-time programme. Also see the tuition fee overview.

Due to visa requirements, students with a nationality outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland cannot join the part-time programme.

Pre-Master's programme Chemistry

For students with a Dutch HBO background we offer a special pre-Master's Programme (Schakelprogramma, taught in Dutch). 

Accreditation and title

Science for Energy and Sustainability is a track of the Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. These programmes have been legally accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme (a total of 120 EC), you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in either Chemistry or Physics and Astronomy and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Bring your own device

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