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Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Amsterdam

24 months
15110 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The two-year Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics programme of the University of Amsterdam, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, provides you with thorough training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics.  

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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.

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

The Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics programme of the University of 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:

  • X-ray binaries and compact objects
  • Gamma ray bursts and radio transients
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • 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)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stellar Atmospheres
  • Basic Linux/Coding 
  • Statistical Methods 
  • Open Problems in Modern Astrophysics 
  • Structure and Evolution of Stars
  • Fluid Dynamics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold an academic Bachelor's degree in Astronomy and/or Physics.
  • You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least: 3.0 (American system), 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) ,C (ECTS-system)
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15110 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15110 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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