Physics and Astronomy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
15110 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ! Physics is an indispensable part of modern society. Modern life would be entirely different without computer chips, lasers, MRI screening and all the other benefits of physics research.


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.  

Career Prospects

  • 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.

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 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.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Please note: EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students are required to apply with our joint degree partner, the University at Amsterdam.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15110 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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.

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