Do you want to know what it’s like to study the Science for Energy and Sustainability track in the Physics and Astronomy programme at the University of Amsterdam? Student Iris and Johan and associate professor Elisabeth von Hauff will tell you what makes the programme unique.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the study programme look like?
In the first-year your course load is 60EC. It consists of 4 compulsory courses:
- 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)
Beside these core courses, you will take24 EC worth of restricted choice electives and 12 EC of free choice electives. All 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. Your second year consists of a research project within one of the research groups at the Amsterdam universities or at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad).
What is a joint degree?
The University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have joined forces in the Physics and Astronomy Master’s programme. As a student you will benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes. Upon completion of the programme you will receive a degree certificate from both universities.
What are the entry requirements for this Master’s programme?
The entry requirements and the application procedure for this Master’s programme depends on whether you have completed your prior education in the Netherlands or abroad.
I don’t meet the entry requirements. Can I do a pre-Master’s programme?
If you lack the required knowledge and skills to be admitted to the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, you can close the gap in our pre-Master’s programme.
The pre-Master’s programme consists of second and third year Bachelor courses. Eligibility for the pre-Master’s is based on your knowledge and skills. The Admissions Board will review your application and select the necessary courses for you.
Can I study this programme in part-time?
The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy is a full-time programme and does not offer a part-time programme.
How do I apply for this Master’s programme and when is the deadline?
The application process and the deadline depend on whether you have completed your prior education in the Netherlands or abroad. We strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline. Getting all your documents ready and going through the process will take several days.