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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 VU Amsterdam.

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Outward-looking programme at the cutting edge of energy and sustainability research

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Here's why you want to study Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA
Flexible curriculum

Choose physics, a mixture of physics and chemistry, or supplement your programme with courses on politics, society and management.

Enhance your impact

You can deepen your knowledge in specific fields, like the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy.

Explore the world outside academia

Projects are available for research outside academic laboratories.

Become an expert

Perform research in world-class labs and at companies targeting sustainability. Or start your own at our start-up incubator programme.

Science for Energy and Sustainability will suit you, if you...

  1. Want to solve fundamental scientific questions, which bear clear relevance to societal problems and technological/industrial challenges.
  2. Want to combine your knowledge in mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics.
  3. Want to work side by side with leading research professionals.

Joint degree programme with VU 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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