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. 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.
Is Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam the track for me?
If you are eager to explore how the laws of physics play out in the universe, Astronomy and Astrophysics might be the track for you. Obviously, you will need to have a solid background in physics and mathematics at the Bachelor's level (with at least some basic knowledge of astronomy). Furthermore, you have a strong interest 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.
What does Astronomy and Astrophysics in Amsterdam have to offer me?
Astronomy and Astrophysics in 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)
Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam
Astronomy and Astrophysics is a track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates. As a Physics and Astronomy student in Amsterdam, you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.
Graduates of the Master's programme Astronomy and Astrophysics typically pursue careers:
- as PhD students at astronomy and physics institutes around the world, progressing from there to careers in academia or industry
- in research, within industry (e.g. Philips, Shell, Océ, ASML)
- in research, within research institutes (e.g. Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM))
- as teachers, within high schools or universities
- as (technical) policy officers, within (science-oriented) governmental and non-profit organisations
- in business (e.g. ICT companies, telecommunications companies, investment banks, consultancy firms)
- as writers, for (science-oriented) media
- as entrepreneurs.
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Last updated October 11, 2018