Master in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability

University of Amsterdam

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA have to offer me?

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics. It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme covers a broad area of hot topics, such as:

  • bio-based economy
  • green chemistry
  • photophysical and photochemical energy conversion
  • biosolar cells and catalysis for sustainable synthesis and energy conversion.

SES is an outward-looking programme, geared towards the cutting edge of energy and sustainability research. It gives you the skills and knowledge to move from understanding the state-of-the-art, to actually developing new sustainable technologies that can be implemented in society.

Is Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA for me?

It is , if you:

  • are interested in both physics and chemistry
  • want to become (more) aware of the scientific, technological and societal challenges for our future
  • want to learn how to advance renewable energy resources, promote sustainable development, and use resources more efficiently
  • want to study the development of technological solutions to global energy and sustainability problems, as well as the societal context of global developments in this field
  • want to pursue a career that focuses on developing sustainable solutions to our current pressing global situation with regard to energy, climate and sustainability.


The programme has a course load of 60 EC, all of which take place in the first year. Your courses will be carefully chosen in consultation with the programme manager.

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Current Sustainable Energy Technologies (6 EC)
  • Project Sustainable Future (6 EC)
  • Academic Skills courses (6 EC in total)

Besides these core courses, four restricted choice courses (24 EC) are required. For example:

  • Green Chemistry (6 EC)
  • Biosolar Cells (6 EC)
  • Environmental Chemistry (6 EC)
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis (6 EC)
  • Catalysis for Sustainable Energy (6 EC)
  • Homogeneous Catalysis (6 EC)
  • more physics-related courses (such as Photovoltaics, Nuclear Fusion/Fission, Photosynthesis for Energy)
  • more society-related courses (such as Bio-based Economy, Management of Sustainable Innovation)

In addition, 18 EC of free choice can be used to fulfil specific requirements, e.g. for advanced courses or deficiencies.

Thesis and research project

The second year of the programme consists of:

  • a literature thesis (12 EC)
  • a research project (48 EC)

You conduct your research project within one of the track's participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. It is concluded with a Master's thesis, which you present during a colloquium.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.

The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017

Specification Amount

  • full-time students € 1,984
  • part-time students € 1,706
  • dual programme students € 1,984
  • AUC students € 4,154
  • PPLE students € 3,968

Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.

Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees

You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:

  • you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).

Last updated April 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
24 months
Full time
12,000 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 24 months
Price 12,000 EUR
institutional fee, per year.