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Physics and Astronomy: Advanced Matter and Energy Physics (track)


The two-year track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is among the best experimental physics programmes in the world. It offers you challenging courses and research opportunities in hot topics in laboratories around the world and prepares you for an exciting career in research.

What is this programme about?

Do you want to know what it's like to study the Advanced Matter and Energy Physics track in the Physics and Astronomy programme at the University of Amsterdam? Students Auke and Vasco and and Prof. Mark Golden will tell you in this video what makes the programme unique.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks 

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy offers specialisations in seven tracks. Advanced Matter and Energy Physics is one of them. The other tracks are:  

The study programme 

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. 

Choose your skillset

A theory based approach to real-life experiments or hands-on exploration of new phenomena, here you train the necessary skills that best suit your needs.

Unique breadth

With over fifty research groups to choose from, you will find cool research topics from all corners of physics.

Fundamental to applied

Courses are focused on providing fundamental understanding of concepts, with applications in ongoing research activities. 

At the frontier

Join forces with physicists in different stages of their career in national and international research programmes.  

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'There are many electives you always work closely together in small groups. The teachers are really enthusiastic and combined this creates a good atmosphere in the program.'

Is Advanced Matter and Energy Physics for you? 

If you enjoy the challenge of fundamental experimental research and always keep an eye open for possible applications of your results, Advanced Matter and Energy Physics might be the track for you. Furthermore, you: 

  • have a well-founded knowledge of quantum mechanics, statistical physics and electrodynamics (at bachelor's level) - knowledge of condensed matter physics is an advantage; 
  • would like to work in a leading research laboratory in the Netherlands or abroad - or work on a project in an industrial research setting; 
  • enjoy working in a team while being the driving force and hands-on 'principle investigator' of your own experiments; 
  • like to get to the bottom of things, are not afraid of complexity and have a well-developed understanding of the art of doing (experimental) science; 
  • can quickly absorb and integrate novel concepts. 

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Advanced Matter and Energy Physics 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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Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Physics and Astronomy
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016
Location Science Park