M.Sc. On Campus

Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides you with thorough training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics.


Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on current international research topics, such as X-ray binaries and compact objects, gamma ray bursts and radio transients, advanced instrumentation, and planet and star formation and evolution.

Key facts:

Do you have a solid background in physics and mathematics with some basic knowledge of astronomy? Are you interested in the birth of planetary systems and stars, the history of the universe, and the origin and nature of extreme physical processes occurring around black holes and neutron stars? And are you eager to explore how the laws of physics play out in the universe? Then Astronomy and Astrophysics is the perfect track for you.

The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is gaining traction 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.

Programme Structure

You’ll use a wide range of theoretical and applied tools to define the properties of astrophysical objects, and to identify the fundamental laws that govern their behaviour. These include:

  • 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 ESOs VLT, ALMA and LOFAR)
  • Space observatories (such as Hubble, Chandra, XMM-Newton, JWST, Swift and Fermi)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Other requirements

General requirements

Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. All student administration and services for this programme are organized by the University of Amsterdam.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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