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Physics and Astronomy: Astronomy and Astrophysics (track – joint degree UvA/VU)


In the two-year MSc Physics and Astronomy track Astronomy and Astrophysics you master the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics. With new generations of instruments, on the earth's surface and in space, we study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe in a more profound way than ever before. This is a joint degree with VU Amsterdam.

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  • Training in observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics
  • 🤝 Joint degree with the VU (Vrije Universiteit)

Master's Week 4-8 Nov
Master's Week 10 -14 Feb
Here's why you want to study Astronomy and Astrophysics at the UvA and VU

Search for fundamental answers

Focus on the big questions, from the search for life to the physics of dense matter and gravity.

Unique programme

Special combination of theory and observations with state-of-the-art facilities.

Master advanced methods

Learn data science and programming for cutting-edge research.

Study at foremost institute

From the start you are welcomed into the world-leading Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy.

Astronomy and Astrophysics will suit you, if you...

  1. Are eager to explore how the laws of physics play out in the universe.
  2. Have a strong interest in the birth of planetary systems and stars.
  3. Want to know the origin and nature of (extreme physical processes occurring around) black holes and neutron stars.
  4. Are curious for the history of the universe.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Astronomy and Astrophysics is a track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit 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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Degree programme
MSc Physics and Astronomy
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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UvA Science Park and VU Campus