Whether you are interested in physical processes within cells, creating artificial photosynthesis, astroparticle physics or testing fundamental symmetries at the atomic scale, the Master’s programme in Physics and Astronomy from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam gives you the opportunities to deepen your knowledge and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research.
You will learn to test, explain and develop theories of physical phenomena and to analyse and solve problems using a scientific approach.
The result is a well-balanced education in which you combine a broad understanding of physics and astronomy with in-depth knowledge of specific areas and the ability to reason and work at an academic level.
The Master’s programme in Physics is a two-year programme during which you will take compulsory modules in your chosen specialisation, plus a number of optional subjects. These options can be general physics subjects or courses drawn from another specialisation.
The programme also involves writing an essay on a subject which is not directly related to your field of specialisation. In your second year, you will join one of the participating research groups. Your research will culminate in a Master’s thesis and a final presentation.
- Our graduates are employed by research institutes like the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). But they also find careers with major multinationals like Shell and Philips, and with telecommunications companies and banks.
- The public sector likewise offers opportunities, as do software houses and consultancies. If you choose the Research profile, you can become an assistant or trainee researcher at a university and work towards a PhD.
Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day
During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
You can choose one of the following tracks:
- Advanced Matter and Energy Physics
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Biophysics and Biophotonics
- Gravitation, Astro- and Particle Physics
- Science for Energy and Sustainability
- Theoretical Physics
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- EU/EEA or Dutch students: 1 June
- Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 June
- Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 April.
DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 38 other Masters in Physics in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Please note: EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students are required to apply with our joint degree partner, the University at Amsterdam.
International15110 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15110 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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