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

Study programme

Advanced Matter and Energy Physics (MSc Physics and Astronomy)

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.


The AMEP programme comprises the following compulsary courses:

  • Big Issues in Emergent Energy Materials (6 EC)
  • Big Issues in Atomic Quantum Physics (3 EC)
  • Big Issues in Soft Matter (3 EC)
  • Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I (6 EC) or Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (6 EC)
  • Academic English (3 EC)
  • Academic Skills (6 EC in total)

And the following electives:

  • Bose Einstein Condensates (6 EC)
  • Photovoltaics (6 EC)
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (6 EC)
  • Superconductivity (6 EC)

These courses are supplemented by a set of free-choice electives, from AMEP and/or other Physics tracks, such as Theoretical Physics and Physics of Life & Health.

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. This 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.