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Understanding the universe

Are you keen to analyse and solve the physical world’s most pressing scientific challenges? Are you interested in a broad study of physics and astronomy as well as an in-depth study in a particular area of specialisation? And do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics?

Then the Master's Physics and Astronomy in Amsterdam may be the programme for you. Check whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    Dutch students have unconditional admission to the Master’s programme in Physics if they have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (and Astronomy) from a Dutch university. The Examination Board may also admit students who do not meet these requirements. In those cases the Board will decide whether there are deficiencies that have to be made up for during the programme.

    Once you have been admitted to a Master’s programme, you need to contact the programme coordinator for an introductory interview. At this meeting, you will discuss strategies for coping with any problems that might cause you to fall behind with your studies. You will also draw up a study plan, a copy of which will be sent to the study advisor. In the Master's programme, you will have to decide which courses (general, specialized and optional) you wish to take. It is essential that you discuss these choices at an early stage with the coordinator of the programme in which you will carry out your final project. Options other than those listed may also be possible.

    Note: all students must contact the programme coordinator of the specific specialisation.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. All student administration and services for this programme are organized by the University of Amsterdam. Please follow the UvA application procedure for this programme.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.

    Visit the Physics and Astronomy UvA webpage for more information about the application procedure.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for non-EU/EEA students
    • 30 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 30 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)
  • I have an international degree

    Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. All student administration and services for this programme are organized by the University of Amsterdam. Please follow the UvA application procedure for this programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.

    Visit the Physics and Astronomy UvA webpage for more information about the application procedure.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 30 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students*
    • 30 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)

    *Please note: students with a non-Dutch Bachelor’s degree and/or students who require visa/housing services are required to apply with our joint degree partner: the University of Amsterdam.

    Student Ambassadors

    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

    Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science - Marija Bosnić, Sandra van Daalen and Jasper Oosterveld: masters.fs@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science: Marija: +31 20 598 5409, Sandra: +31 20 598 7459 and Jasper: +31 20 598 6104

Do you have any other questions?

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367