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Physics and Astronomy: Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (track – joint degree UvA/VU)

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Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics is a two-year track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy. It stands at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. There’s a highly collaborative international research environment, and students may work on gravitational waves, collider-based particle physics experiments and dark matter detection, among other things. This is a joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam.

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UvA Science Park and VU Campus
  • Benefit from a highly collaborative international research environment
  • 🤝 Joint degree with the VU (Vrije Universiteit)

Master's Week 10 -14 Feb
Here's why you want to study Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics at the UvA and VU


International faculty with experts in particle physics, astroparticle physics, gravity and cosmology, both from a theoretical and experimental perspective. 

Learn the basics, master your field of interest

You’ll take general courses that provide excellent base knowledge, and more specialized courses for in-depth knowledge.

Become an expert researcher

Under the supervision of world-renown faculty, you’ll conduct a year-long research project.

International prospects

Possibility to work at international research institutions such as Nikhef, CERN and Gran Sasso.

Gravitation, Astro- and Particle Physics in Amsterdam will suit you, if you...

  1. Are intrigued by both the subatomic and the largest scales (from particle interactions to astrophysical objects), and want to combine them to address some of the biggest puzzles in science. 
  2. Have a theoretical or experimental background.
  3. Are interested in fundamental research.
  4. Have thorough knowledge of quantum mechanics, calculus and electrodynamics.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

GRAPPA is a track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit 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.

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Degree programme
MSc Physics and Astronomy
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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UvA Science Park and VU Campus