Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. It's a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Joint degree programme with VU University 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.

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

SES combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme allows for a flexible curriculum containing mostly physics or additional chemistry or business-oriented courses; as such it covers a broad area of hot topics, such as:

  • renewable energy technologies
  • 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 in Amsterdam the study for me?

It is, if you:

  • are interested in experimental physics with focus on renewable energy and sustainability
  • 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.

Career prospects

The programme primarily trains young people to become independent researchers in the emerging field of Energy & Sustainability, which is expected tp undergo a fast growth over the next decades.

Graduates are qualified to pursue a PhD degree. They are also well equipped to pursue a career as a physicist in industry, in business or other relevant sectors, such as energy companies. The broad education, covering both science and business/management aspects particularly enable graduates to participate in advisory and policy functions of companies and governments with respect to science, energy and sustainability matters.

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Last updated October 11, 2018
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Sept. 2019
24 months
2,060 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €12,320 per year.
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