Master in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability

University of Amsterdam

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is a two-year interdisciplinary track within the Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy.

It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. It is a joint degree programme with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam so you will benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities.

Is Science for Energy and Sustainability in Amsterdam the track for me?

It is if you:

  • are interested in sustainable chemistry and catalysis
  • 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.

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability in Amsterdam have to offer me?

The track Science for Energy and Sustainability 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.

The programme allows for a very flexible curriculum containing mostly chemistry or additional physics or business-oriented courses; As such it covers a broad area of hot topics, such as:

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

Programme outline

This two-year Master’s programme consists of obligatory courses and elective courses, a research project and a literature study.

Upon entry, you choose whether to pursue a Physics-oriented or Chemistry-oriented version of the track. In your first year you take all your courses. Your whole second year is dedicated to your research project and literature study.


Obligatory courses
  • Current Sustainable Energy Technologies (6 EC)
  • Project Sustainable Future (6 EC)

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)
Elective courses

24 EC can be used to for elective courses and fulfil specific requirements, e.g. for advanced courses.

Research project

The programme's research training takes place in the form of a research project, conducted either within one of the participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. The project includes a written Master's thesis and an oral presentation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
24 months
Full time
13,300 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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