UvA and VU launching joint Bachelor's programme in Physics and Astronomy
As from September 2014, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will be offering a joint Bachelor's programme in Physics and Astronomy. The two universities' existing programmes have already been working together for some time. This is to be the second Bachelor's programme that they will offer together.
The joint programme in Physics and Astronomy will be implemented in phases, with the first joint cohort to start in 2014. Students who had already commenced the programme will complete it at the institution where they were already enrolled. Because the implementation is in phases, students should not encounter any problems in completing the curriculum, nor will they have to attend any lectures at VU.
The full joint programme will be in place from 2016, when the phased transition will be complete. Students will attend most of their lectures at Amsterdam Science Park, where they will be taught by lecturers from both universities.
According to Programme Director Marcel Vreeswijk: 'This joint Bachelor's will provide a real impetus for the quality of both our courses and student support. Amsterdam will now be home to the most comprehensive Physics and Astronomy Bachelor's anywhere in the Netherlands, offering students a good grounding in the diversity of this field. Students will also delve into the research side in this programme, with opportunities to participate in a research group at the UvA or VU in a research project of their choice, and classes will be taught by top researchers from both institutions. This programme represents a real enrichment for our universities.'