The MSc programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics provides training in both the observational and theoretical aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics.
This programme puts an emphasis on the fundamental questions that current astrophysical research at the UvA focuses on. For example, what is the history of the universe? How are stars and planetary systems born? What is the origin and physical nature of black holes and neutron stars? Researchers use a wide range of tools to define the properties of astrophysical objects and to identify the fundamental laws that govern their behaviour. Among these tools are supercomputers (our 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 LOw Frequency ARray) and space observatories such as Hubble, Chandra, XMM, Swift and soon also Herschel and GLAST. Teaching at API emphasises interaction, with many courses employing non-traditional, project-based forms of testing. The programme offers a large number of electives covering a broad spectrum of areas, thus giving students the opportunity to select topics that interest them. All courses are taught by researchers internationally recognised in their fields.
The programme offers advanced courses in astrophysics and related disciplines, such as physics and mathematics. In the first year students take core courses in Radiative Transfer and Stellar Evolution. They are also strongly advised to take the Observing Project module and Cosmology course. Approximately half of the programme is dedicated to an independent, state-of-the art research project, initiated by students in the second half of the first year and conducted under the close guidance of one of the staff members.
The programme also trains students in scientific writing and presentation skills. The Institute's international atmosphere creates a stimulating work environment. Ambitious students with an excellent academic record can elect to combine their Master's in Astronomy with a Master's track in Physics (e.g. particle physics or theoretical physics). This programme lasts three years and entails one-and-a-half years of coursework in the two disciplines and one-and-a-half years of interdisciplinary research.
A Master of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics is awarded upon successful completion of all the core courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis based on an independent research project. This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.
A major part of the Master's programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics is the research training that is rounded off with a Master's thesis. It takes place either in the form of a major research project within one of the participating groups in the programme, or in industry or business. A literature study with colloquium completes the programme. The programmes also cover training in scientific writing and presentation.
In general, Masters students are trained to become independent researchers. But at the UvA Faculty of Science you can also choose to complete your Masters programme with a professional specialization, that focuses on other skills than doing research. In that case you will follow the programme of the Master's programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics during the first year of your Masters, and the programme of the specialization during the second year. You will graduate as a Master of Science. There are three professional specializations available:
A note to readers who dont speak Dutch: Only the specialization Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship is described in English, because the other two specializations are only taught in Dutch.
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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