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Study programme

Advanced Matter and Energy Physics (MSc Physics and Astronomy)

The two-year Master's track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics gives you a solid understanding of gas phase, soft condensed matter and hard condensed matter physics. Using state-of-the-art equipment and under the supervision of top-ranked physicists you are invited to research the topic of your interest. The programme consists of compulsory courses, restricted-choice and free elective courses. In the second year you will do a research project in one of the participating research groups.

Study paths

The AMEP programme is organised into three study paths:

  • Emergent and energy materials
  • Soft matter
  • Atomic quantum physics

Mixing study paths is no problem at all. The programme director and other teaching and research staff are happy to advise on course choices.

Compulsory courses

The AMEP programme comprises the following compulsary courses:

  • Emergent Energy Materials (6 EC)
  • Quantum Optics (6 EC)
  • Hydrodynamics (6 EC)
  • Academic Skills (6 EC in total)

Restricted-choice electives

Next to the compulsory courses, you will follow a total of 18 EC of physics-oriented restricted-choice elective courses. These should include either the course Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I (6 EC) or Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (6 EC). For the remaining 12 EC you can choose courses from the following list:

  • Bose Einstein Condensates
  • Fermi Quantum Gasses
  • Mathematica for physicists 
  • Nano-photonics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Science and technology of nano-lithography
  • Soft condensed matter & biological physics
  • Soft and porous matter
  • Superconductivity
  • Surface and interface science

Free-choice electives

You are free to choose 12 EC of courses as your free-choice electives. 

For detailed information on the courses, check the Course Catalogue

Research training

The AMEP course load as mentioned above is meant to equip you with a strong theoretical base for your research project in the second year. To better prepare you for the connection to the research project, we offer research showcases and a small lab project (6 EC).  Your research project generally takes place in one of the participating research groups at the UvA, VU, AMOLF or in the laboratories of a national or international research partner. 

AMEP research takes place at the very forefront of the field. The programme is built up to provide you with:

  • hands-on experience with high tech systems and techniques used worldwide in science and industry 
  • access to cutting edge experimental facilities covering the whole spectrum - from table-top systems, via complex laser and ultrahigh vacuum set-ups, through to international large scale research facilities (such as synchrotron light sources, x-ray lasers and centres for muon and neutron research)
  • training in the formulation of a research proposal, design of the appropriate experiment(s), dealing with the data, through to tips and guidelines for writing scientific papers and getting them  published in international journals.

A few recent examples of AMEP Master's theses are:

‘Bragg scattering of a released Bose-Einstein condensate on an atom-chip’ (abstract) ‘Exploratory research of the 3D topological insulator BSTS by means of magnetotransport’ (abstract) ‘An Analytical Model for the Configuration of Sustainable Off-Grid Power Stations’ (abstract)

Research institutes

AMEP is powered by three strong players in experimental physics research:

Top researchers from all three institutions teach groundbreaking topics in each of the three study paths, and offer challenging research projects at the forefront of ongoing and new research.

International experience

If you display the necessary initiative and motivation, (part of) the research project in your second Master's year can be used to gain international experience, in the form of a research outplacement abroad. The extensive international network of AMEP scientists can be used as your launchpad: contacts include top physicists at the world's most prestigious science institutions in Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.