Find Master of Science Programs in Natural Sciences in the Netherlands
Natural sciences programs can allow students to explore occurrences in nature through observation, prediction and experiments. Various topics may be touched upon, and students may specialize in areas such as biology, ecology, astronomy, physics, chemistry and Earth science.
MSc Program in Natural Sciences in the Netherlands
In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will use the
In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will use the language of physics to explore the secrets of life processes. This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health.
Supported by the cutting-edge technologies available in our laboratories and by a series of theoretical classes delivered by our enthusiastic staff members, you can dive into the fascinating world of DNA unfolding, protein function, cell mechanics, tissue engineering, and organ function. You will learn about photonics and its use in the development of new imaging techniques; or you can choose to deepen your knowledge in the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy, in close collaboration with the medical doctors of the two academic medical centres of Amsterdam. After this programme, you can continue an exciting career in an academic research institute, apply for a post-graduation training to become a clinical physicist, work in hospitals, schools, or the private sector....
The goal of this master's track is to provide insights into recent scientific advances in the field of Neuroeconomics and identify current societal challenges that can be
The goal of this master's track is to provide insights into recent scientific advances in the field of Neuroeconomics and identify current societal challenges that can benefit from the insights gained by understanding the neurobiological basis of social and economic decision making and the emotional and cognitive processes that support choice. Interdisciplinary fields, such as Neuroeconomics, enable researchers to approach scientific questions from a broader perspective and thereby offer unique advantages that enrich the scientific process by offering multiple levels of analysis. However, this opportunity comes with a specific challenge: understanding the different research methods and theoretical perspectives used across disciplines. To enable students to bridge the disciplines that together compose Neuroeconomics, in-depth training will be provided in Economics, Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology....
The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and apprecia
The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen direction within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.
Disciplinary quality and interdisciplinary insights
The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking cannot be learned from a book but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights....
Apply knowledge from the field of Brain and Cognitive Sciences to answer important societal questions. Students learn to set up applied experiments, and to translate empi
Apply knowledge from the field of Brain and Cognitive Sciences to answer important societal questions. Students learn to set up applied experiments, and to translate empirical findings into practical advice.
The brain and mind
Society's interest in the brain and mind has exploded in recent years. This is due in part to increased scientific knowledge about the relationship between cognitive functions, like attention and memory, and performance in every-day life, as well as to technological advances that have provided unprecedented insight into the brain’s workings and new methods that allow continuous monitoring of behavior or cognitive and bodily functions (e.g., internet, wearables, smartphone apps). The primary focus in the curriculum of the master track Brain and Cognition in Society is on how theoretical and methodological knowledge from the field of brain and cognition can contribute to answering societal questions....
The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy focuses both on fundamental research and its applications. You learn to test, explain and develop theories on physical phenom
The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy focuses both on fundamental research and its applications. You learn to test, explain and develop theories on physical phenomena, to conduct and evaluate experiments and astronomical observations, and to analyse and solve problems using scientific methods. The programme combines a broad understanding of physics and astronomy in general with in-depth knowledge of specific physics areas.
The UvA and VU are internationally renowned for their physics and astronomy research. Among past and present professors are several winners of the Spinoza Prize - often called the Dutch Nobel Prize: Ed van den Heuvel (Astronomy, 1995), Robbert Dijkgraaf (Mathematical Physics, 2003), Michiel van der Klis (Astronomy, 2004) and Erik Verlinde (Theoretical Physics, 2011). ...
In the two-year track Future Planet Ecosystem Science of the Master’s programme Earth Sciences, you will learn quantitative methods and gain an in-depth understanding of
In the two-year track Future Planet Ecosystem Science of the Master’s programme Earth Sciences, you will learn quantitative methods and gain an in-depth understanding of concepts of geo-ecological systems, essential to face the grand challenges regarding the global change, the management of ecosystems, and their services upon which humans rely.
Why specialise in Future Planet Ecosystem Science?
Human impact on our planet has reached unprecedented proportions. This severely affects biodiversity, geo-ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity. We urgently need an in-depth understanding of the functioning of geo-ecosystems, to predict the effects of local and global change (land use change, eutrophication, pollution, climate change) and to successfully manage Earth's systems (e.g. through integrated land management, spatial planning, nature and soil conservation). Only then can we rely on the use of ecosystem services in a sustainable way....
Water covers about 70% of our planet and sets it apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, miner
Water covers about 70% of our planet and sets it apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, minerals, energy and recreation. Aquatic ecosystems teem with organisms, ranging from tiny phytoplankton and zooplankton to coral, fish, and whales. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are also used as ‘dumping grounds' for much of society's waste and are profoundly affected by global change. In the two-year track Freshwater & Marine Biology in the Master’s programme Biological Sciences you will immerse yourself in research ranging from tropical marine biology to the ecology of wetlands ecosystems.
Freshwater & Marine Biology at the UvA is the study for you, if you
have a solid background in biology
are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in freshwater or marine ecosystems
want to learn to address issues of global interest
are looking for the freedom to compile your own programme
want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other and you have the opportunity to become part of the national and international research network of the staff.
What does Freshwater & Marine Biology at the UvA have to offer me?
The Master's in Urban Geography provides students with a better understanding of the global and local processes that shape cities today. The 21st century will undoubtedly
The Master Urban Geography provides students with a deeper understanding of global and local processes that shape cities across the world. In our programme, we study processes of urbanization, urban inequality and every day urban life through a geographical lens, exploring how seemingly global phenomena take on place-specific forms and contribute to place-specific social and spatial challenges. You will thus learn to study cities not only from the perspective of the global, but also from the perspective of the local.
The 21st century will undoubtedly be an urban age. Cities are celebrated as key engines for innovation and economic growth in the global economy and have also been rediscovered as attractive places to live, work and play. Local housing markets are attracting international investment and gentrification is revitalizing formerly run-down urban areas. Yet, this representation of urban life and cities as places of infinite opportunities is only one side of the story. It is increasingly clear that not all cities share in this success story. Urbanization is, in fact, highly uneven and urban economic growth even more so. Moreover, we see growing disparities within cities. Processes of polarisation, segregation, fragmentation and privatisation of the urban landscape form substantial political and social challenges for urban governments and local residents....
The Master Political Geography focuses on three core themes: geopolitics, globalisation and governance. By examining these concepts, political geographies in our current
The Master Political Geography focuses on three core themes: geopolitics, globalisation and governance. By examining these concepts, political geographies in our current globalised world are analysed and researched. Theories and methods in political geography are thoroughly studied before a thesis project in the field is conducted.
Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation and Governance
The Master's in Political Geography focuses on three core concepts (geopolitics, globalisation and governance) to explore the political geographies of our globalising world. These pertain to the dynamics of the spatialities of politics, including domestic politics, international relations and transnational politics, and how they can be understood through key geographical concepts such as territory, place, scale and network....
The Master Environmental Geography focuses on the relationship between humans and their ecosystem. Environmental challenges can be approached from different perspectives,
The Master Environmental Geography focuses on the relationship between humans and their ecosystem. Environmental challenges can be approached from different perspectives, which are analysed while taking spatial dynamics into account. You will examine the consequences of environmental changes on both local and global economies and study international climate change governance.
The Master's in Environmental Geography focuses on human-ecosystem interactions and is well-placed to throw light on the daunting environmental challenges facing our planet. It could be argued that we have gone beyond the earth’s carrying capacity and are approaching planetary boundaries. Other arguments hold that human ingenuity will equip us to deal with new challenges in the future. This programme focuses on the relationship between humans and their ecosystems. This is done by taking a strong spatial perspective and researching the impact of both global and local environmental change on humans....
The Master Economic Geography focuses on how the globalised economy has affected the lives of people in different parts of the world. Processes of globalisation are deepl
The Master Economic Geography focuses on how the globalised economy has affected the lives of people in different parts of the world. Processes of globalisation are deeply intertwined with changes in communication and transport technologies as well as with policies of de- and re-regulation. We will not only explore economic aspects of increasingly globalised production networks, but also their social impact.
Global economic integration has profoundly affected the lives of increasing numbers of people around the world, from Amsterdam to Phnom Penh and Mumbai to New York. Economic Geography at the UvA emphasizes the role of the institutional framework and its distinctive set of social and political relations to understand the rapidly changing global division of labour and ongoing struggles over power, profit, and socio-economic rights. The Master's in Economic Geography adopts a multi-scalar approach to global production networks - exploring the local, national and global level of dynamic interconnections enabled by communication and transport technologies, labour migration and outsourcing, as well as state policies of de- and re-regulation. ...
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
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?
In the track Geo-ecological Dynamics, you will deepen your understanding of the different processes that play an important role in the functioning of geo-ecological syste
In the track Geo-ecological Dynamics, you will deepen your understanding of the different processes that play an important role in the functioning of geo-ecological systems that are strongly affected by global change. At scales varying from the molecule to the globe, you will study the dynamics of landscapes and geo-ecosystems of terrestrial environments and adjacent aquatic systems based on fieldwork, in the laboratory, with computational methods, or a combination of these.
Why specialise in Geo-ecological Dynamics?
Complex geo-ecosystems comprised of the landscape, soil, water and biological systems are severely affected by global change and human interaction. Detailed knowledge of geo-ecosystem processes is crucial for understanding our past, current and future environments. This means incorporating spatial and process studies of the dynamics and properties of landscapes, land use (change), land degradation and desertification, pollution, biogeochemical cycles and eutrophication (e.g. carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus), and climate....
Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programm
Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field. Requiring a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication, it seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: What is matter made of? What is the nature of space and time?
Is Theoretical Physics in Amsterdam the study for me?
If you are fascinated by physics and the laws of science, Theoretical Physics might be the track for you. You will need to have a profound knowledge of the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics, calculus and linear algebra (a basic knowledge of condensed matter and particle physics is an advantage). Furthermore, you:...
Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals of earth
Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals of earth sciences now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.
What you can expect from Earth Sciences at the UvA
With us, you will study in an inspiring environment where scientists work in a stimulating interdisciplinary setting on the cutting edge between physical geography, ecology, hydrology and environmental chemistry.
In the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) we offer you a wide range of brand new and state of the art facilities (e-science labs including GIS, remote sensing and geo-ecological modelling, soil- and environmental chemistry and erosion labs) to enable you to let your coursework meet the latest scientific standards....