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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.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers from Science for Energy and Sustainability tell you in this video what to expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy offers specialisations in offers specialisations in seven tracks. Science for Energy and Sustainability is one of them. The other tracks are:

The study programme

SfES combines 'hard' scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme allows for a flexible curriculum containing mostly physics or additional chemistry or business oriented courses; as such it covers a broad area of hot topics, such as renewable energy technologies, green chemistry and photophysical and photochemical energy conversion.

SfES 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.

Flexible curriculum

Choose physics, a mixture of physics and chemistry, or supplement your programme with political, societal and management aspects.

Enhance your impact

Skills driven courses geared to develop your personal impact on sustainability issues.

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.

After graduation

Graduates of the Master's track Energy and Sustainability have the possibility to become independent researchers in the emerging field of Energy & Sustainability, which is expected to undergo a fast growth over the next decades. It allows them to pursue a PhD degree and are also well equipped to pursue a career as a physicist in industry, in business or other relevant sectors, such as energy companies.

Is Science for Energy and Sustainability for you?

It is , if you:

  • are interested in experimental physics with focus on renewable energy and sustainability;
  • want to become (more) aware of the scientific, technological and societal challenges for our future;
  • want to learn how to advance renewable energy resources, promote sustainable development, and use resources more efficiently;
  • want to study the development of technological solutions to global energy and sustainability problems, as well as the societal context of global developments in this field;
  • want to pursue a career that focuses on developing sustainable solutions to our current pressing global situation with regard to energy, climate and sustainability.

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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Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Physics and Astronomy
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016
Location Science Park