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Astronomy and Astrophysics

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
24 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Accreditations
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

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.

Admission requirements

Grade average

1) 3.0 (American system)
2) 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
3) C (ECTS-system)

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: B1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 235, TOEFL internet based: 90

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