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MSc Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics

Catalog id : 65016
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

14630 EUR
2000 EUR
2000 EUR

Application fee

International 0 EUR
National 0 EUR
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GMAT (avg)600

World University Ranking

About this course

The two-year track Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, 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. The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy is open to:

  • Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Astronomy, or a comparable discipline
  • Applicants with a UvA Bachelor's degree in Beta-gamma with a Physics major

Additional requirements for international students: International applicants must fulfill additional general entry requirements set by the UvA Faculty of Science, regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English.

In the case that the Bachelor's is not in Physics/ Astronomy/ Astrophysics, the appropriateness of the level of Phyiscs knowledge of the candidate is subject to the judgement of the Programme Manager.

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Course Modules

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Stellar Atmospheres (6 EC)
  • Basic Linux/Coding (3 EC)
  • Statistical Methods (3 EC)
  • Open Problems in Modern Astrophysics (6 EC)
  • Structure and Evolution of Stars (6 EC)
  • Academic Skills (6 EC in total)

You can choose the rest of your course load  from a broad variety of electives, such as:

  • Fluid Dynamics (6 EC)
  • Space Instrumentation for Astrophysics (6 EC)
  • Particle Cosmology (6 EC)
  • Star and Planet Formation (6 EC)
  • Interstellar and Circumstellar Matter (6 EC)

The programme emphasises interaction, with many courses employing non-traditional, project-based forms of testing. An example is the Observation Project*, which requires you to write a proposal for an observing project and travel to a professional observatory (on La Palma, Canary Islands) to execute it and report on the data.

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How to Apply

Please be sure to follow each step carefully.  

  • Register in Studielink
  • Application file submission
  • General application procedure (different for Dutch and International students in some respects)
  • Pay the Tuition Fee (after Admission)

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