The two-year Master's track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics covers topics in condensed matter physics ranging from soft matter to quantum materials and quantum gases. The programme consists of a mix of theoretical and experimental courses that bring you to the forefront of physics. Using state-of-the-art equipment and under the supervision of top-ranked physicists you will work on the topic of your interest in the second year research project.
Experimental physics in Amsterdam is among the best in the world. This two-year track offers challenging courses and research opportunities focused on current trends in the field. For example, you can participate in research projects on:
The AMEP programme is loosely organised into three study paths:
Mixing study paths is no problem at all. The track coordinator and research staff are happy to advise on course choices.
For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue via the link below.
The AMEP programme comprises the following compulsory courses:
In addition you choose 12 EC from these three courses:
Next to the compulsory courses, you will follow a total of 18 EC of physics-oriented restricted-choice elective courses. You have choice of courses from the following list:
You are free to choose 12 EC of MSc. level courses as your free-choice electives.
If you lack the required knowledge and skills to be admitted to the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, you can close the gap in our pre-Master’s programme.
For Physics and Astronomy only, we have in addition to our regular Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship, extra scholarships available for excellent (non-Dutch) EU/EER students. The Amsterdam Physics and Astronomy Scholarship.
The AMEP course load as mentioned above equips you with a strong theoretical background tailored to your research project in the second year. To better prepare you for the connection to the research project, you will follow the AMEP seminar series (3 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:
To facilitate your data analysis skills, we offer you the Programming for AMEP course (3 EC). Here you will be introduced to the basics of Python and Mathematica programming, concluded by a final assignment offered during the other courses in the program. Open problems in AMEP (3 EC) offers you insight in the broader societal relevance of the program as well as how to critically read current literature.
A few recent examples of AMEP Master's theses are:
AMEP is powered by strong players in experimental physics research in the Amsterdam area:
Top researchers from these institutes teach groundbreaking topics in each of the three study paths, and offer challenging research projects at the forefront of ongoing and new research.
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.
At the UvA you can choose to do your Master's programme with a society-/ business-oriented major or minor that focuses on other skills than doing research. In this case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Master's (although slightly adjusted), and a society-/ business-oriented major or minor during the second year. You will graduate as a Master of Science. If you have the ambition to do a professional specialisation make sure to inform about conditions early in your Master's programme.
This Master's programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Upon successful completion of the programme (a total of 120 ECTS), students will receive a legally recognised Master's degree in Physics and Astronomy and the title of Master of Science (MSc).
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.