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Physics and Astronomy: Astronomy and Astrophysics (track)

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The two-year track Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with VU Amsterdam, provides you with thorough training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics. The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. New generations of instruments - situated on the earth's surface and in space - enable us to study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe in a more profound way than ever before.

UvA online Open House

This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.
Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes, explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.

What is this programme about?
Students and lecturers from Astronomy and Astrophysics will tell you what you can expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Admission during COVID-19

Due to the Corona pandemic, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree or pre-Master’s. Check the Application and Admission pages for more information.

Is Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam the track for me?

If you are eager to explore how the laws of physics play out in the universe, Astronomy and Astrophysics might be the track for you. Obviously, you will need to have a solid background in physics and mathematics at the Bachelor's level (with at least some basic knowledge of astronomy). Furthermore, you have a strong interest in:

  • the birth of planetary systems and stars;
  • the history of the universe;
  • the origin and nature of (extreme physical processes occurring around) black holes and neutron stars.

What does Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam have to offer me?

Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam is firmly embedded in the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, which has a long track record of world leading research in both observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics. Researchers of the institute are well-positioned to train you in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics, and to teach on current international research topics, such as:

  1. X-ray binaries and compact objects
  2. Gamma ray bursts and radio transients
  3. Advanced instrumentation
  4. Planet and star formation

You will be able to make use of a wide range of tools - both in theory and application - to define the properties of astrophysical objects, and to identify the fundamental laws that govern their behaviour. Among these tools are:

  • Supercomputers (the faculty campus houses the premier data and computing hub of The Netherlands)
  • Ground-based telescopes, operating at wavelengths from radio to optical (such as ESO's VLT and the new LOFAR)
  • Space observatories (such as Hubble, Chandra, XMM, Swift, Herschel, GLAST)

Relevant information

Extra scholarships available

For Physics and Astronomy only, we have in addition to our regular Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarships, extra scholarships available for excellent (non-Dutch) EU/EER students. The Amsterdam Physics and Astronomy Scholarship.

Joint degree programme with VU University 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
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016